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December 7 2012 German Culture Newsletter


Hunger Winter Children Forum

Two young girls who had a Christmas tree to brighten their Weihnachten.

"Weihnachten" was different in Germany 1946/47, and "something to eat" would have been at the top of many a Christmas list.

Europe lay in rubble, and that winter was the coldest in living memory. In Germany it became known as the time of "Weisser Tod", 'white death', and "Schwarzer Hunger", 'black hunger', as hundreds of thousands died.

And the "Word of the Week" is a KATZENSPRUNG.

Literally "a cat's leap", so a description of a short distance. Although what might be a Katzensprung to someone super fit and agile, might not be thought of in quite the same way by anyone traveling the same distance but carrying the week's shopping in the rain.

There is much more to read and discover on the German Culture site, which also has a forum, so if there is anything you would like to see or if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to get in touch, either in the forum or via email.

Francine McKenna-Klein,
German Culture Editor

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