German Culture

Francine McKenna-Klein

November's Volkstrauertag in Germany commemorates all who died, were left to mourn, or are victims of violence brought about by combat or oppression. Military, civilian, of all nationalities. From Europe's old battlefields to the armed conflicts and struggles in our present-day world.

Francine McKenna-Klein

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, every change of season is makeover time for Germany's flower boxes. Colorful plant filled containers are everywhere, a wonderful sight on door stoops, window ledges, trailing from apartment balconies, down historic buildings and ancient farmhouse walls.

Francine McKenna-Klein

One of the best comfort foods for a frosty evening is a steaming bowl of soup, and Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup is a "foodie" favorite in Germany. Colorful, vitamin packed, nutritious, it's ideal for all those chilly autumn and winter days...and delicious.

Francine McKenna-Klein

It is said German castles have real Ghosts, and Witches, Forest Goddesses of pagan times, have never really gone away, but the centuries old All Saints and All Souls Day traditions are as much a part of the season's culture as ever. Despite recently introduced Halloween with its plastic skeletons.

Francine McKenna-Klein

Is a Weckmann the same as a Stutenkerl or Nikolaus? Yes the same "Bread Man" but a different name, and no November St. Martin's Day, or December St. Nicholas, in German speaking countries is complete without the traditional sweet yeast dough holiday specialty. Here is its story and a recipe.

Francine McKenna-Klein

Candle lit lantern processions, Martinstag, and the Legend of St. Martin. Germany's children bring light and music to a November 11 in Germany, St. Martin's Day. Singing, "Weckmann" enjoyed by an open fire, church services in his honor, and Martinsgans for supper. But who was St. Martin?