Cheltenham German Club

For everyone interested in German language and culture


        March 2017 Newsletter

Looking back to February, we had an excellent talk on Albrecht Dürer by Simon Lewis. Simon’s love of Dürer’s work came across in the enthusiastic way the talk was delivered and Dürer’s versatility and talent could be seen in the clear and well-chosen pictures in the powerpoint presentation. I would certainly like to see more of Dürer’s work and will have a look at which galleries I can find them in.

Both the Everyman and the Boston tea Party German Conversation groups were very well attended and I certainly enjoyed endeavouring to speak the language. A warm welcome to the new people who came.

I think my regular reading of German books and watching “Easy German” episodes online are helping with the language. Do try it and buy some of the books at the next second-hand book sale. Take pity on me having to carry them around and take some off my hands. I shall take some to the charity shop before our next meeting. Thank you to the people who bought books last month. Money you give helps club funds when we subsidise drinks, food, etc. As I’m away in April in Germany, it will be the last chance to buy for a while.

Our next Clubabend takes place on 24th March and this time we have a licence so German wine as well as juice will be on sale and as usual there’ll be time for chatting to friends in German or English.

We shall be showing the film , “Die Fälscher" which is a 2007 German-Austrian drama written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. It deals with a fictional plot during the Second World War to destabilise the UK by flooding its economy with forged pound notes. It centres on a Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch who is coerced into assisting the Nazis in the sachsenhausen concentration camp. The film won the 2007 “Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars.See

There will be German subtitles.

It was nice to hear from German Club members who are away at the moment. Elinor Kollmann sends her best wishes to the club and tells us that she thankfully wasn’t affected by the flooding in California. She’s back in Cheltenham on 19th April.

I’ve also had news from Sue and Wolfgang Zuckerer in Regensburg who are looking forward to Easter in Cheltenham from 7th April.

                  Der März soll wie ein Wolf kommen und wie ein Lamm gehen.

                                                                               Below: Albrecht Dürer - Aachen

Roger Jones

Some members may have known Roger Jones who sadly died in February.

Jo Dean has written the following about Roger:

Roger died in Botswana in mid-February whilst on holiday with his brother, Lord Jones of Cheltenham, who was MP for Cheltenham for many years.

Roger's death will leave a gap in many aspects of Cheltenham life – music, Civic Society, Local History Society, and the Minster (formerly St Mary's). He joined German Club in 2011 and was a very enthusiastic member. He had read German at Oxford and helped a lot by doing town walks with me when German visitors were over. He was a very cheerful, optimistic, person who wore his learning lightly. Between us we could usually dredge up words for things like ' an archery competition' or 'entablature' or 'coat of arms'. As for his sonorous voice: it boomed wonderfully over the traffic noise.

I shall miss him very much. We had both had to give up some activities for health reasons, but had had a long chat at a recital at Park House in January.

If you enjoyed Christian Schulte-Loh's visit in January, maybe you'd like to read his book.

Zum Lachen auf die Insel: Als deutscher Komiker in England Taschenbuch – 3. April 2017

von Christian Schulte-Loh

Wie bleibt man gelassen, wenn man zum hundertsten Mal freundlich mit »Heil Hitler!« begrüßt wird? Oder wenn man auf der Bühne nach den ersten Worten (»I am a German comedian«) entweder ausgelacht oder beschimpft wird? Christian Schulte-Loh ist seit Jahren als deutscher Komiker in England erfolgreich und berichtet von seinen Auftritten vor volltrunkenen britischen Hafenarbeitern oder steinreichen Lords. Er erklärt uns die (meist) feine englische Art oder warum sich Londoner freuen, »nur« 360.000 Pfund für eine Garage zu bezahlen. Trotz Brexit findet er, der Franzose Jacques Chirac hatte Unrecht mit den Worten: »Man kann Menschen nicht vertrauen, die so schlecht kochen.«

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Christian Schulte-Loh wurde zwar 1979 am Rande des Ruhrgebiets geboren, sieht aber aus wie ein Engländer. Auf der Insel ist er nun seit acht Jahren als Komiker erfolgreich, tritt im legendären Londoner Comedy Store auf und immer wieder als Gast bei der BBC. Das britische Publikum feiert den Wahl-Engländer als »einen der subversivsten Acts aller Zeiten« (The Spectator). Bekannt ist er auch aus dem deutschen TV (»Quatsch Comedy Club«, »Markus Lanz«, »Night Wash« u.a.).

Richard Woolley has sent another of his "Inzlingen Tales" from his time living in South West Germany.



When my eldest son was still a baby we planned to have him baptized at St Winifrides in Kew where we then lived.    At the same time his German cousin was due for the same ceremony.    However her parents had opted out of payment of the German Church tax  and their local Catholic church refused to baptise  the baby.  Our church was not bothered by such things and so we had a double ceremony in England.


If you purport to belong to one of the main religions in Germany you have to pay a state enforced church tax.  In our day it was an additional 8% of whatever income tax you were already paying.  It could amount to a substantial sum.   Income tax is already quite high in Germany.  Many struggling young people in Germany are not pious enough to want to pay this extra burden and so they opt out.   But opting out means cutting yourself off entirely from the benefits of belonging to the church of your choice or upbringing.  In the case of Catholics, that means the sacraments. 


Soon after our arrival in Germany, our first visit to the Wasserschloss was then to opt out of paying this church tax.    The whole thing is very formal with much form signing and  “are you really sure’s”.  The outcome is that you are completely excommunicated.   You are expected never again to darken the doors of your church.   I did not take this whole thing very seriously.  Having been brought up in the understanding that once baptized into a certain religion, that was it for life.  You may lapse but you would always still belong.   So we continued to attend the church as if nothing had happened.   We did refrain from receiving communion as that might be seen as pushing it a bit.  


In our family we have long believed in the existence of MABOC.   In whatever church you go and wherever it may be, there are always the good parish men at the rear of the church willing and able to show you to pews and to take around collection plates..  We have always felt they must belong to an organisation probably called MABOC.  (Men At the Back Of the Church).   Internationally it would have to be  IF I MABOC.  (International Federation of Itinerant MABOC).

These days it is more likely to be WABOC.


So it did come as a bit of a shock to discover that the very Wasserschloss official, to whom we had exposed our deeper selves, was in fact a fully functioning member of MABOC.   There he was, scrutinising everyone who came in and went out.    We are talking here about an extremely conservative church in which it was customary for the men to occupy the right hand pews and the women the left hand even though few of the ladies of the parish could have been recognized as the lustful distraction from piety such an arrangement presumably existed to avoid.    As a family we had already blotted our copybook by ignoring the rule and sitting amongst the women.    Those same good ladies would walk slowly home afterwards in large immovable groups, deeply in conversation and blocking the narrow roads thus creating what we used to call a Frau Stau.   If you were driving you just had to follow slowly and wait for a gradual dispersal.  I think the men must have adjourned to a local Lokal.


The main man in the parish apart from the priest himself was a youngish guy who also led the local pop group racily called Piccadilly.    I used to bring him appropriate mugs back from London.   He played guitar in the church too.  Although the tones of his guitar could not be faulted,   his understanding of English language lyrics may have needed a certain tuning up because on one occasion the reverend people of  Inzlingen shuffled up to communion to the  strains of The House of the Rising Sun.


Time went on.   My eldest son was due to make his first communion.   In order to see what would happen, we put his name down.     This immediately generated a personal house visit from Mr Piccadilly himself to say that because of our ‘situation’ this could not happen.   I called it blackmail  - the perceived sins of the parents being visited on the children etc etc.   He explained that this was the law in Germany and there was nothing that could be done if we did not annul our opt-out.    So in the end, they being bigger than us, we relented but normal service could not be resumed until the whole matter had been considered by the bishop of Freiburg and we had been through an element of reinstruction!  I’ll bet not many of you have made your Confession in German!!


First Communions in our part of Germany are a big thing.   The list of candidates with their addresses is printed in the village newsletter.   Then the present giving starts.  For a few days the door bell hardly stopped ringing as people whom we often did not know and had never met brought presents for our son.   It is very charming and rather humbling.   I do hope we reciprocated in other years.  I cannot remember.    For the rest of our stay in Inzlingen we could relax and enjoy a certain glow in the knowledge that we were again fully paid-up members.



Christina has sent me an article about East German champagne. And I thought Spreewälder Gurken were the only thing that survived reunification!


Rotkäppchen und ich


Rotkäppchen.... es war einmal .... Ein weltberühmtes  Märchen. Wir kennen das alle natürlich. Es gibt auch ein Rotkäppchen das sicher  nicht so bekannt ist. Es ist der  Rotkäppchen Sekt. Sekt ist ein durch Nachgärung gewonnener Schaumwein (der beim Öffnen der Flasche  stark schäumt).



Zum Glück habe ich neulich einen Rundgang durch die historische  Rotkäppchen Kellerei gemacht. Die Kellerei  ist in Freyburg in der Nähe von Jena in der ehemaligen DDR. Im Sommer Kurs vor dem Ausflug wurden wir gut darauf vorbereitet. Die Geschichte der Kellerei  ist sehr interessant. Im Jahre 1856 gründeten drei Freunde eine Weinhandlung in Freyburg. Die Verleihung der Großen  Preußischen Staatsmedaille trug zum schnellen Wachstum der Firma bei. Erst im Jahre1894 nannte man das Hauptprodukt Rotkäppchen- nach dem roten Flaschenverschluss.



  Der alte Lichthof


Wir wurden zuerst in den alten Lichthof geleitet und danach

stiegen wir  tief in die Erde hinunter um die großen Holzfässer zu sehen.


Man erklärte uns wie 1956 die Filtrationsenthefung eingeführt wurde. Vorher (seit 1856) wurde der Sekt nach dem klassischen Rüttelverfahren hergestellt.  Obwohl das Rüttelpersonal bis zu 60.000 Flaschen bewältigen konnte, war die Kellerkapazität nicht ausreichend, und 1958 wurden die meisten Rüttelpulte entfernt und somit Platz geschaffen. Die Produktion von Flaschengärsekt im Transvasierverfahren brachte eine Steigerung der Produktivität auf 180 Prozent.

Obgleich einige  Trauben aus der Gegend verarbeitet werden, kommen andere Cuvees aus Frankreich und Spanien. Nach dem Vortrag wurden wir natürlich eingeladen einige Sekte zu probieren, das hat uns sehr geschmeckt!

Seit der Wende liegen die Rotkäppchen Sekte im Wettbewerb mit anderen Sekten der Welt . Wir warten ab, ob man in Zukunft die Rotkäppchen Sekte hier in den Supermärkten sehen wird.


 Chris Phillips




Deutsche Auslandsvertretungen im Vereinigten Königreich / German Missions inthe United Kingdom

Christina Phillips has also sent me this interesting link:

It's full of interesting articles about Germany. Thanks, Chris.




Old pictures of Berlin

Graham has sent a link which has some super pictures of Berlin before the war.



Jürgen Berg has sent me an interesting article about German Clubs in Singapore where he worked for many years.


Deutsche Klubs in Singapur im Laufe der Zeit.


             Singapura (Loewenstadt), Das Maskottchen der Stadt: Der Meeresloewe

Deutsche und Deutschsprechende im Ausland suchten sehr oft die Gemeinschaft Gleichgesinnter.

Die Sprache war und ist die Verbindung und je weiter weg von der Heimat, wuchs das Beduerfnis des gesellschaftlichen Zusammenseins. Das war in Singapur nicht anders.


Man setzt sich in der heutigen Zeit in London oder Frankfurt in einen Jumboflieger und steigt ohne Zwischenlandung in 13 bis 14 Stunden in Singapore und anderen FernOst Zielen wieder aus. Das war nicht immer so.

Noch in den 1950ern, mit kleineren Flugzeugen, Duesentriebwerke waren in der Zivilluftfahrt noch die  Zukunft, bedurfte es noch eine ganze Reihe Zwischenlandungen und mehr als eineinhalb Tage um nach Fern-Ost zu reisen und noch weiter zurueck, vor 200 Jahren, reiste man per Segelschiff mehrere Wochen um dahin zu kommen. Vor der Eroeffnung des Suez Kanals ging es immer um das Kap der guten Hoffnung.


Die moderne Geschichte Singapurs beginnt mit der East India Company und Sir Stamford Raffles im Jahr 1819. Ebenfalls zu der Zeit waren auch hanseatische Kaufleute aktiv in Sued-Ost Asian und liessen sich an diesem Handelsplatz nieder, wegen der guenstigen Lage und als Transitplatz zwischen den Weltmeeren.


Eine handvoll deutscher Firmen hatte sich um 1850 etabliert und damit der Wunsch der Kaufleute fuer einem Treffpunkt. Es begann mit einer Kegelbahn in einem Hotel und mit dem Wachsen der deutschen Gemeinde wurde Mitte 1856 der CLUB TEUTONIA  gegruendet mit einer Mitgliedschaft von nur ca. 21 Personen. Nach der Satzung konnten nur Deutsche oder der deutschen Sprache maechtige Buerger Singapurs als Mitglieder aufgenommen werden.


1862 wurde das erste Teutonia Klub-Haus eroeffnet.


 Teutonia Klubhaus 1862 - ca.1900


Es war dann das  Zentrum des deutschen gesellschaftlichen Lebens fuer die naechsten fast 40 Jahre.

Aus dieser Zeit ist ein kurzes plattdeutsches Loblied eines Hamburger Segelschiff-Kapitaens erhalten:


Na Nord un Sued, na Oost un West

Wohen ik ook buen reist

In Singapur gefaellt mi best

Da herrscht de beste Geist


Das alte Klub-Haus wurde durch ein wesentlich groesseres, fast schlossaehnliches Gebaeude ersaetzt und im Jahr 1900 eingeweiht. Ein neuer glanzvoller Anfang  fuer den CLUB TEUTONIA, inzwischen circa 100 Mitglieder stark.


Teutonia Club, 1900 - 1914


Der erste Weltkrieg machte dann dem CLUB TEUTONIA ein abruptes Ende und wurde 1914 als Feindvermoegen beschlagnahmt.  Gluecklicherweise war es nicht das Ende des interessanten Gebaeudes. Es existiert bis zum heutigen Tag und ist Teil des Goodwood Park Hotels, eines der ersten Hotels am Platz.


Zwischen den beiden Weltkriegen gab es keinen deutsche Klub und das kommerzielle Leben begann erst wieder ab circa 1950 mit der Rueckkehr der Deutschen Kaufleute und 1955 entstand ein neuer Klub in sehr bescheidenem Rahmen, einem Bungalo in einer Villengegend, mit dem Namen: Vereinigung Deutsches Haus, was in den 90er Jahren wieder geschlossen wurde. Die gesellschaftlichen Aktivitaeten waren fuer die naehere Umgebung ungeeignet.


Durch die Globalisierung  leben heute mehr Deutsche und andere Nationalitaeten in Singapur als je zuvor. Durch die rapide wirtschaftliche Entwicklung der letzten 50 Jahre haben sich auch die Freizeitgestaltungen erheblich veraendert und verbessert und sind heute auf internationalem Niveau. Waehrend in frueheren Zeiten Mitgliedschaft in einem Nationalitaetenklub fast eine  Notwendigkeit war, ist heute das Klubleben viel internationaler geworden. Trotzdem gibt es weiterhin ein kleines Deutsches Haus, in einem Vorort der Stadt als Klub fuer die deutsche Gemeinde sowie interessierte deutsch sprechende Singapurianer.




Ricksha und Ochsenkarre, die "Taxen" der Zeit, circa 1900.



Zum Schluss das moderne Singapur: Ein Kasino und Hotel mit ca. 2000 Zimmern. Auf der obersten Etage, quer ueber den 3 Hotelsaeulen, im 57. Stockwerk, ein Hotelklub mit riesigem Infinity-Schwimmbasin sowie Restaurant und Aussichts-Balkons. (circa 2013)



Sommerspaziergang 2016


Thanks to Sue Moos for this report on her walk (with help from Greg, Brigitte and Gisela.)


Am Samstag, den 6. August haben sich etwa zwanzig Mitglieder der Deutschen Gesellschaft vor dem 'Sudeley Castle Visitor Centre' getroffen um einen anderthalbstündigen Spaziergang zu machen.


Vor dem Spaziergang hatten wir die Daumen für gutes Wetter gedrückt - offensichtlich hat es funkzioniert und wir waren nicht enttaüscht! Die ganze Zeit hat die Sonne gescheint und wir haben frische Landluft geschnuppert. Die Landschaft mit verschiedenen kleinen Hügeln war atemberaubend und wir konnten Sudeley Castle (angeblich das romantischste Schloss Englands) und ein bisschen vom Garten des Schlosses sehen. Etwas historisches - Katharine Parr (die sechste Frau von Henry VIII) lebte in diesem Schloss und ist auch hier begraben .          


Auf dem Weg gab es einige Zauntritte aber meistens gab es auch ein Tor, so war es nicht zu anstrengend.


Als wir zurück zum Schloss kamen, waren wir bereit für kleine Erfrischungen - dank den Mitarbeitern des Visitor Centre, fühlten wir uns wirklich angenehm betreut. Alle freuten sich zu sitzen, essen, trinken und weiter zu unterhalten!


 Following the success of this walk, there is talk of further forays in the area. Let me know if you're interested.




Sprechen Sie Denglisch?

I understand only train station. *


Sheena has sent me some amusing postcards which have a "Denglisch" translation of well-known German sayings. The words are translated literally to create an amusing phrase. Of course finding out what they really mean is the problem. Just translate them literally then if you don't understand the meaning, you can usually find it on the internet.

Sheena's postcards


I actually think it is a good way of learning colloquial phrases as I've remembered the ones I've come across already. Thanks, Sheena. Anything that improves my German!

Feel free to send me some more if you come across any funny sayings can think of any and I'll put them on the site.


*Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof, also nichts.


Answers to Sheena's postcards:

Jetzt haben wir den Salat (So sagt man, wenn sich etwas Unangenehm ereignet hat.

"That's another fine mess you've got me/us into!" - a very useful phrase!)

Müßiggang ist aller Laster Anfang. (Idleness is the beginning of all vices.) 

Genieße dein Leben in vollen Zügen. Live life to the full. (Egal wie schwer manche Dinge für Sie sein mögen, Sie sind hier um das Leben voll auszuschöpfen.)



Richard Woolley got back to me on a similar subject. He says, "Reminds me of the Germglish  that friends and I used to make up.    e.g. Streichholz des Tages - Match of the Day;      ein schönes Stück von wie geht es mit deinem Vater  -  (pretty girl)  A nice bit of how's your father.    (actually the French versions sound better!)  allumette du jour  /  une jolie pièce de comment va ton père."

Any more funny linguistic stories? Send them, please!






As promised I'm starting  a little series about our interesting week in Eastern Germany in May this year. Sorry this first report is in English but next time I'll write in German!


Eine Überraschung in Leipzig


Pat and I were lucky enough to spend a day in the Saxon city of Leipzig guided by friends of my daughter's parents-in-law and  we found it a charming and lively city full of interest.


One of the highlights (for me at least) was a surprise as I came into a square and saw  "Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum". Now Quizfans who were at the Christmas party will know that this venerable institution is indeed in Leipzig. (Though I admit I had forgotten) and the question was:


Wo wurde in Deutschland das erste noch stehenden Kaffeehaus eröffnet?

The answer was of course Leipzig's "Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum".

Did you get it right?

I think the rest of the party were rather bemused by my excitement and enthusiasm but there it was in front of me.


We also managed to visit some interesting churches, St Thomas' where Johann Sebastian Bach was a cantor and St Nicholas' where the famous Monday Demonstrations took place. Lunch was in the beautiful 16th century Auerbachs Keller with its Goethe connections.


When Goethe was a student in Leipzig he often visited the wine bar here and he made it famous for the place Mephistopheles first took Faust on his travels. The menu was "Wildschweinbraten mit Champignonrahm, hausgemachtem Rotkohl und Kartoffelklößen" Lecker. All around the walls of the cellar are scenes from Goethe's Faust.


So wie Millionen von Gästen vor Ihnen, war auch Johann Wolfgang von Goethe hier! Aber nicht zuerst deswegen ist AUERBACHS KELLER berühmt.

Goethe war hier, weil man schon lange vor seiner Zeit zu sagen pflegte:

"Wer nach Leipzig zur Messe gereist,
Ohne auf Auerbachs Hof zu gehen,
Der schweige still, denn das beweist:
Er hat Leipzig nicht gesehn."


A super day thanks to Brigitte and Wolfgang for organising it and transport and to Thomas and Cornelia for your hospitality and guided tour.


We also tasted the local delicacy Leipziger Lerche Don't worry they don't use real larks any more. Here's the story:

 Neben dem Leipziger Allerlei hat im 18/19 Jahrhundert nur noch eine Leipziger Kuchenkreation den Sprung auf internationale Speisekarten geschafft: "die Leipziger   Lerche".

Mit den echten Leipziger Lerchen ist es aber schon seit 1876 vorbei. Bis dahin wanderten jährlich Hunderttausende der Singvögel in den Kochtopf. In den Sächsischen Kochbüchernzwischen 1712 und 1850 findet man die erstaunlichsten Rezepte:

Lerchen am Speiß, geschwungene Lerchenbrüstchen mit Trüffel. Die Leipziger Kaufmannschaft machte ein Riesengeschäft. In den Versandschachteln zu je 12 oder 24 Stückwurden die gerupften und gefüllten Vögel aus dem Leipziger Umland in alle Welt, u.a. bis nach Spanien und Moskau geschickt.

Die Tierfreunde Sachsens konnten dem grausamen Spiel 1876 ein Ende bereiten. Dabei half ihnen ein verheerendes Unwetter, bei dem Tausende von Tieren ihr Leben lassen mussten.

Ein Ersatz musste her. Die gewitzen Leipziger Konditoren fertigten unter dem Markenzeichen "Leipziger Lerchen" fortan ein Mürbeteigtörtchen mit Marzipanfüllung ? und erreichten damit einen schwunghaften Handel und großen Umsatz.

Das Mürbeteigtörtchen mit der Marzipanfüllung erinnert entfernt an einen Vogelbalg: Die zwei kreuzweise aufgelegten Mürbeteigstreifen symbolisieren den ursprunglichen faden, mit dem das Tier zusammengehalten wurde.





Rosemary Campbell is back from one of the Anglo-German walks and has sent me the following.

The week in Rügen was great and the walking was very easy. The weather was superb and there were about 18 participants. On the first day an interviewer from NDR radio walked with us and I spent a lot of time talking to him in German about various subjects. We were told to listen to the radio on Thursday evening and three of us got our few seconds of fame.... We were never told that they were only interested in our views about a possible Brexit and this was the theme of the radio programme!
(A couple of weeks before I had to speak on French local radio twice a day for four days about the different products for sale in our English Café and Pub and they were more interested on learning how to pronounce the word Worcester:-) Apathy towards the Referendum, because they thought Brexit would never happen!

Back to Rügen. On the third day NDR Radio had contacted NDR Television and a TV crew accompanied us on our walk.
 Hier ist der Link für die NDR-Fernsehsendung auf Rügen:,nordmagazin36128.html
Neil (the organiser) was lucky because this was also good advertising for his walking weeks! As you can see the walks were on almost flat ground and you would easily be able to do them. I think he may even be going to Usedom next year. There is another Rügen week in the near future and he has only 7 participants. When I asked him if it would be possible for more people to take part, he said that the hotel was full.

See the Events page for details of these walks.






Richard Woolley and I tried the long awaited Bavarian Bierkeller on the Bath Road after the Boston Tea Party meeting. No, I haven't drunk several Maß of Erdinger in the photo. As I was driving I had a small non-alcoholic one.


No sign of any Dirndls or Lederhosen but it does have an Oktoberfest atmosphere with the long wooden tables,  large beers and decor. The many young people were enjoying the loud music and seemed to have no trouble having a normal conversation with each other. Richard and I found having a conversation more difficult! A few decibels quieter and maybe more traditional Bavarian music would have suited us better. Good range of world beers though. Don't worry; we won't be having our Konversationsabende there!

Some debate as to whether it will last but the young folk were enjoying it.


Photo Richard Woolley





See the Archiv page for some past articles by
members. And don't forget to send me some
new ones!








Badischer Wein - von der Sonne verwöhnt!

Richard Woolley has found a good source of German wine from the Baden area.

He says, "Totally delicious!! Mightily drinkable. The merchant has been very attentive."

Here is the link   He adds, ££70 for 12 bottles delivered from Germany cannot be bad!!  

There is more about Baden wines from the Baden area.


 Please note that you have to order on the company email address asking for a quote.    The order form on the website does not work for us as it can only be used for orders in Germany.







Member Graham Whitehead has found some lovely old photos of Berlin on Pinterest.

There's a picture of the Café Kranzler. When my wife and I visited Berlin a few years ago we tried to find this famous old Kaffeehaus. Unfornuately it was but a shadow of its former self. I wonder what it is like now.


                                                  THE OXFORD GERMAN NETWORK

A new source of contacts for us is the Oxford German Network, a university-led cultural network which was launched in September 2012.  By connecting up academic institutions, cultural organisations, businesses, and policy-makers locally, nationally, and internationally, the Oxford German Network fosters an active interest in productive cross-cultural cooperation.  Jenny has been liaising with Oxford and Cheltenham German Club now appears on the Oxford website as a Partner and we are also listed on their Lifestyle page.






Steffi Stiebeiner has sent me this link:

Unser deutscher Buchladen ist jetzt in
123 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4TE


[email protected]

Wir freuen uns sehr auf Ihren Besuch!

Dear friends

hopefully you  already know about us!

I hope you can visit us when you are in London or can find books to learn and read for leisure on our website.

Sollten Sie Buecher oder Lehrmaterial im Klassensatz benoetigen koennen wir ueber unsere Webseite
reduzierte Preise anbieten.

Mit freundlichen Gruessen
Steffi Stiebeiner


Opening Hours
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Saturday - 10.00am - 6.30pm
Sunday - 12.00pm - 5.00pm


Tel. +44 (0)20 7734 5259   
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John Sayer has sent me details of his book:



          Wolf Graf Baudissin (1789-1878)                                      

                                        Life and Legacy                                                               


               LIT-Verlag Series: Literatur: Forschung und Wissenschaft

     Vol. 33, pp. 276, 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, pbk., ISBN 978-3-643-90646-5                       

The first English-language biography of the man behind the scenes who made the

German Shakespeare possible and brought Molière's plays to life for the German

stage, amidst the turmoil of European wars and revolution.                                                

        Baudissin's life sets a mirror to his age: born with the French Revolution,

spanning from feudal nobility to the age of industry, from Napoleon's Empire

through struggles with Denmark for Schleswig-Holstein to the Germany of

Bismarck, in youth revering Goethe, admiring Mme de Staël, upholding the German Romantics and supporting Tieck, yet at ease with Realists and championed in old age by Freytag; devoted to Bach and the piano, friend of the Schumanns, Chopin, Mendelssohn, his family bridging to Brahms.        

       From Danish diplomat to dedicated verse translator, committed to his extended

family, to Holstein, and to the flourishing culture of Dresden, his is a legacy of

sheer human goodness.                                                                                                                 


Explanatory introduction, thirteen annotated chapters, each relating key episodes of European history and cultural movements to the life and works of Wolf Baudissin, to his extended family, his uneasy Danish fealty, Holstein homeland, half a century of translation at the heart of Dresden, and belated recognition. Postscript, detailed bibliographic references, index of persons, illustrations.                                                                                                                                                               

                                                   Relevant to     

Studies in nineteenth century German Literature, Shakespeare in Germany, Comparative Literature, Translation, History of Schleswig-Holstein and effects on Europe, rôle of German nobility, social and cultural life of Dresden.


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Send me an email with suggestions, Greg

I have cleared some of the old recommendations so if you have any books about Germany or books in German, maybe something you read from the monthly Bücherverkauf, you would like to recommend, then let me know.


Just read this one. It will be on the bookstall next time. look out for it!


Die letzte Spur by Charlotte link.


Thanks to Eddie for recommending this book which I found easy to read and very moreish so I’ll be reading some more of this author’s work. This book got 75 per cent on Krimi-couch.



This biography is recommended by Graham Whitehead.


By Stephen Games

"Pevsner" is the first book to explain one of England's first celebrity scholars - a man who, against the backdrop of Hitler and the troubled politics of the 1930s, had to rethink his entire career when England offered him his only refuge.”

 Nikolaus Pevsner (in bow-tie) with his students at Göttingen around 1930



I’ve just read “Ossi forever!” a translation into German of Roger Boyes’ account of renovating a Schloss in East Germany and turning it into a Bed & Breakfast. As I’m off to that region in May, I thought I’d read it. The best bit was when he tried to describe the rules of cricket to the locals which made the came sound rather silly and pointless. I always suspected it was!

Anyway, it’ll be back on the table next time so if you want something light, easy and mildly amusing, then greif zu!



I really enjoyed this Krimi which deals with organised crime in Germany/Europe and is set in Frankfurt. It is one of the Kommissarin Julia Durant series and gets 77/100 on the Krimi-Couch website. I would like to read more of his books even though it’s quite long and took me a long time to read.



Ostfriesen Feuer by Klaus-Peter Wolf

Another one for Krimi-Fans. And another female detective, Kriminalkommissarin Anne Kathrin Klaasen. Set in Norden in Ostfriesland. Again quite long but again I enjoyed it. A bit gruesome in parts.

73 0ut of 100 on the popularity score.



Graham Whitehead recommends this book.



Although in English I have recently bought from PostScript a book by Miranda Seymour

with the above title “The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories.”


“Noble Endeavours sets out the diverse stories of some of the people who contributed to the building of a house of shared dreams and aspirations, of mutual enlightenment and fruitful exchange.  .…  All-  glimpsed here only at the point where they contribute to the story of England and Germany - have earned their place in a history of the love and mutual admiration that two nations once shared, and that they deserve to share again.”


I am finding it fascinating reading.   B & W illustrations.



Simon and Schuster Ltd. (ISBN: 9781847378255)