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Wendish Patriots

Monday 14 November 2011 at 1:19 pm

This is a portfolio of 16 images of Sorbian patriots with short bios, which was published by the German Democratic Republic (DDR) Ministry / Department of Sorbian Issues, in 1957 in Bautzen. This could serve as informational and educational material.

For an English translation continue reading.  If you want to see images of the patriots and their bio in Wendish and German, click the name of each patriot.

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Bread and Salt (Brot und Salz)

Sunday 13 November 2011 at 10:21 pm
We learned of the custom when touring Saxony in'08.  Two restaurants and a Wendish Museum greeted all attendees with either a loaf of bread which was sliced or chunks pulled from it and dipped in salt. 
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Through The Spreewald

Sunday 13 November 2011 at 12:51 pm

An interesting view of the Spreewald through the eyes of J. P. Peters (in spite of an unflattering observation or two). This article is one of many which comprised the monthly magazine The Californian during 1881 and 1882.

Some questions answered in this article:

  • What is the only day of the year that married Wendish women were permitted to dance?
  • Who was Cantor Post?
  • What is the celebration of Whitsunday? May 27, 2012 was a recent date of celebration.
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Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Thursday 03 November 2011 at 10:25 pm

I received this book from my mother Erna Schmidt Mersiovsky.  It was given to her by her first cousin, once removed, Carolyn Walther, the daughter of Anna Blasig.  Anna Blasig, the daughter of Rev Herman Schmidt is also the author who wrote The Wends of Texas.  No one knows how Pastor Schmidt came to be the owner of the book other than he was the third and last Wendish speaking pastor of the Texas Wends and he either inherited it from someone or was a gift from someone.

If you would like to see the book and pages from it, click here.