Lutheran deaconesses are not familiar to too many people (especially if one is not Lutheran).  I remember talking to a physician friend who worked out Lakenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA.  He had no idea that Lutheran Deaconesses were affiliated with the hospital at one point in its history.  In fact, he had never heard of Lutheran Deaconesses.  This is rather unfortunate because this group of women religious has quite an interesting history and some even argue that they were the forerunners of ordination for women in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I am laughing at this American interpretation.  My mom and her sisters were boarded at a religious school run by Lutheran nuns. 

This was the true church of Germany.

Lutheran deaconesses are not familiar to too many people (especially if one is not Lutheran). I remember talking to a physician friend who worked out Lakenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. He had no idea that Lutheran Deaconesses were affiliated with the hospital at one point in its history. In fact, he had never heard of Lutheran Deaconesses. This is rather unfortunate because this group of women religious has quite an interesting history and some even argue that they were the forerunners of ordination for women in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I am laughing at this American interpretation. My mom and her sisters were boarded at a religious school run by Lutheran nuns.

This was the true church of Germany.

The Protestant Reich Church, officially The German Evangelical Church (German: Deutsche Evangelische Kirche) and colloquially Reichskirche, was a unified state church that espoused a single doctrine compatible with National Socialism. The Protestant opposition to Nazism established a rival German Evangelical Church, called the Confessing Church, an umbrella of independent regional churches.  After World War II, both of these bodies were replaced by the new umbrella called Evangelical Church in Germany.

My family history reduced to annotations in Wikipedia.  Sigh.  Hitler was raised a Catholic.  But the Catholics were sloppy and inefficient, not truly “German”.  Bavaria and Austria are sloppy and inattentive, with Southern laxness.  In his purest state, Hitler was a Catholic dreamer, and not a Prussian “realizer”.  My great-grandfather made things happen as a Prussian member of the officer class and a follower of Martin Luther.  In my ability to organize, I take after him.  In her abilities to create, my daughter takes after him.  I dislike the ‘sloppy’ Bavarian / Austrian artistic ‘bent’ being disseminated as the true German ‘image’ for World War II.  It was more like the professionalism of the Prussian officer class that lead to early German successes in World War II.

The Protestant Reich Church, officially The German Evangelical Church (German: Deutsche Evangelische Kirche) and colloquially Reichskirche, was a unified state church that espoused a single doctrine compatible with National Socialism. The Protestant opposition to Nazism established a rival German Evangelical Church, called the Confessing Church, an umbrella of independent regional churches. After World War II, both of these bodies were replaced by the new umbrella called Evangelical Church in Germany.

My family history reduced to annotations in Wikipedia. Sigh. Hitler was raised a Catholic. But the Catholics were sloppy and inefficient, not truly “German”. Bavaria and Austria are sloppy and inattentive, with Southern laxness. In his purest state, Hitler was a Catholic dreamer, and not a Prussian “realizer”. My great-grandfather made things happen as a Prussian member of the officer class and a follower of Martin Luther. In my ability to organize, I take after him. In her abilities to create, my daughter takes after him. I dislike the ‘sloppy’ Bavarian / Austrian artistic ‘bent’ being disseminated as the true German ‘image’ for World War II. It was more like the professionalism of the Prussian officer class that lead to early German successes in World War II.

traditionalvibe
traditionalvibe:

A promotional for Shirley Temple’s 1935 film, The Littlest Rebel. I’ve saw a lot of her movies in my youth—thanks mostly to my mom and grandmother—and this one ranks second only to The Little Princess [1939] among my favorites.

The Littlest Rebel.  I don’t remember that one.  What’s with the “Stars and Bars” by Old Glory?

traditionalvibe:

A promotional for Shirley Temple’s 1935 film, The Littlest Rebel. I’ve saw a lot of her movies in my youth—thanks mostly to my mom and grandmother—and this one ranks second only to The Little Princess [1939] among my favorites.

The Littlest Rebel. I don’t remember that one. What’s with the “Stars and Bars” by Old Glory?

Memories of Magdeburg 1944

I spent lunch again with my Mom. She remembers her Mom sent her with cash, after her two older sisters, who were to buy fresh milk, but they forgot the money. So her Mom sent her after them with the money, but my Mom got lost. The policemen found her and brought her to a Kindergarten. The teacher of the Kindergarten wanted one of the students to share their lunch with my Mom. But nobody wanted to. Then the Kindergarten teacher chose the biggest boy and asked him to share his lunch with my Mom, but he didn’t want to. But he was forced to share his lunch with my Mom. The police asked my Mom for the name of her mother and father, but all she could remember was “Mutti” and “Vatti”. So it was impossible for them to track her parents down because “Mutti” simply means Mother and “Vatti” simply means Father. Eventually by going block by block and inquiring, the police found my Mom’s parents. This is World War II, the way it really occurred. After Germany lost the war, the victors wrote history to reflect a much more sinister Germany. This is the right of the Victor. I do not object to this. As my grandfather said, “the only thing that Germany did wrong was lose the war, but that was a big mistake.”