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Welcome to the Temple University German Society! (TUGS)

Temple German Society - Fall Semester 2012

Welcome to the Fall Semester 2012 of the Temple German Society! I am the President of the Temple German Society. In order to help all club members (and non members) to be informed, I will be updating members on every meeting we hold. This will be supplemented with the minutes sent out each week. From now on I will be sending out an email the night before each week's meeting. One of the steps I am taking to keep our club organized and efficient, is using the Temple German Society's Facebook page. The direct link is found below.....
You can also find it by searching "Temple German Society" under groups. If you are not a member of the Facebook group I suggest joining. This way I can effectively communicate with all group members via the wall/events page/etc.... Even if you are not a member of the German Society please join and come to our events! Hope to see you at the meetings and events, and good luck with all of your classes.

Until further notice, the Temple University German Society will meet on Mondays at 3:00pm in Anderson Hall #543. ALL are welcome to attend and participate.
Mitchell Frizzell, president 2011-2012: Andrew Calhoun, president 2012-2013


‘Germany & the European Debt Crisis’
Challenges Ahead – A Colloquium

Temple University F.G.I.S (Languages) Department, German Studies
and the Temple University German Society (TUGS)


A Colloquium to explore the present state of the German economy and the European Debt Crisis, what the German achievements have been and what challenges lay yet ahead.
We feature Temple University Professor, Richard Deeg - an expert in the background of modern Germany with personal and professional perspectives on this pressing issue.
A presentation followed by discussion and Questions & Answers

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 4:30pm
1221 12th Floor Lounge, Anderson Hall on the Main Campus of Temple University
Refreshments served! – All Welcome! – in English!

Happy 300th Birthday, Frederick the Great!
(1712 - 1786)

Visitors to the Army Barracks at Carlisle, PA will be astonished at the statue of a European monarch on American soil at this location. This is the US Army War College; it is accessible only through a visitors' gate with thorough inspection of not only the visitor but the interior and exterior of his car.
The eight-foot bronze statue of Frederick the Great, formerly King of Prussia, is located at the end of the Parade Ground, and in a garden-like setting surrounded by Japanese cherry trees, officer housing, and a band stand. It would be unthinkable to see at this location Frederick's contemporaries such as Louis XVI, King of France, Catherine the Great of Russia, or Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria.
In order to cultivate good relationships between Germany and the United States, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany donated the statue of his ancestor, who was a symbol of German military skill and administrative competence, to the US. The statue was erected in 1904 at the Army War College in Washington, DC, and unveiled by President Theodore Roosevelt. Two months later, radicals tried to blow up the statue with explosives but failed.
The statue was removed during WWI, returned in 1927, and taken down again during WWII. In 1951, the War College was moved from Washington, DC, to the Carlisle Barracks. In 1954, "Frederick" was moved to this location, and re-erected in an inconspicuous location overlooking the Parade Ground.
It is understandable that the statue of Frederick the Great was concealed and kept out of sight whenever the country faced a threat. Like a good omen, it witnessed the rise of the United States to a world superpower during the last one hundred years.
Adding to the mystery, there is a town in Pennsylvania named "King of Prussia." This puzzle is not completely resolved even by inquisitive historians.
The area was first mentioned in 1718 when a Welsh Quaker and his wife Reeves founded Reevesville. He constructed a small cottage which turned into an inn by 1769. After he hired a manager by the name of Jimmy Berry the inn became known as "Berry's Tavern." General George Washington visited the tavern on Thanksgiving Day in 1777. A few weeks later, he and the Continental Army camped nearby at Valley Forge.
A local petition was signed in 1786 identifying the tavern as "King of Prussia," and a wooden sign depicted King Frederick II of Prussia. It might have kept its name in honor of Benjamin Franklin's pro-American satirical essay "An Edict by the King of Prussia."
Events of the last two centuries have been favorable to the development of the area. It became the home of the King of Prussia Mall, one of the largest shopping complexes in the United States, with average sales of $600 per square foot, among the highest in the country. Roughly 200 companies have headquarters or regional offices in the area. Bordering King of Prussia is Valley Forge National Park where the drillmaster Friedrich von Steuben volunteered his indispensable services to the revolutionary cause during the brutally cold winter of 1778.
General Friedrich von Steuben, a one-time member of the elite General Staff of Frederick the Great of Prussia, met Benjamin Franklin in Paris in 1777. Franklin persuaded him to volunteer his military services to the cause of the American Revolution. He trained the inexperienced colonial troops adapting Prussian military tactics to American conditions. He hammered an efficient fighting force into shape against all odds, with stronger morale and discipline than they had ever known.
Although Frederick had never visited America, he left traces of admiration which are not well known. The enlightened King of Prussia stayed neutral during the War of Independence, and he was the first to acknowledge General Washington's victory and America's independence. The first free-trade agreement between Prussia and America was signed two years after the war ended, exchanging tobacco from Virginia with linen from Silesia.
John Quincy Adams, 5th US President and envoy to the Prussian court, is quoted as saying in his Silesian Letters in 1801 "Immortal Frederick!" On his throne he was only a king, on the battlefield a hero, in his entertaining discussions a philosopher, historian and poet, but in his eager promotion of compulsory school attendance he was truly the Great Father of his country and benefactor of mankind”. Prussia and America had enjoyed by that time 15 years of friendly relations and trade agreements. Numerous towns and cities, especially those close to the Federal capital of Washington, DC, were named after him. They remind us to this day that the majority of the American population shared this admiration for Prussia and their great king.
One of the greatest political developments of the 18th century was the transformation of Brandenburg-Prussia into a major European power. Frederick's father, Frederick Wilhelm I, known as the "Soldier King", was a devout Calvinist who deplored waste and ostentation, and maintained rigorous financial and moral standards. This Spartan ruler approached affairs of state as all business and little pleasure. His standards of frugality were extreme. Uncluttered by royal ceremony he attempted to supervise everything himself.
Nearly 70% of the state's expenditure went to the army. At the same time, his foreign policy was largely pacific. His greatest achievements were in civic affairs, reforming the bureaucracy, establishing a sound economy, and raising state revenues. While major European powers had financial deficits, Prussia had surpluses.
It was this ruler, with his principles of "order, discipline and work", who created the deep-rooted tradition of subordination to the state in modern Germany. When Frederick II became king in 1740, he inherited the forth-largest army and the richest treasury in Europe. He wasted no time putting both to use. He continued his father's efforts to build up a powerful Prussian state. He waged nearly continuous wars for 23 years with his army of 230,000 soldiers mostly in the field. Like a typical 18th century commander, he retained nearly all authority.
He was also a prolific writer whose complete works were published in 30 volumes. Among his works are writings addressed to his generals instructing them in the science of warfare. He was an ardent admirer of Voltaire whom he popularized in his writings. An enlightened autocrat, he described himself as the "First Servant of the State", and the father of his people.
Under Frederick's rule, Prussia was considered the best-governed state in Europe. Nonetheless, his reforms were a continuation of his father's mercantilism, rather than changes of his own. By the end of his reign, Prussia had become a model for bureaucratic organization, military reform, and enlightened rule. In recognition of his accomplishments, future generations would remember him as "Frederick the Great".
When he died in 1786, his body was entombed next to his father in the Potsdam Garrison Church. Near the end of WWII, Hitler ordered the coffins of Frederick and his father to be transferred first to an underground bunker near Berlin, and then hidden in a salt mine. The coffins were moved to Burg Hohenzollern close to Hechingen, Wuerttemberg, shortly after WW II. He arrived at his final resting place after Germany's reunification in the Kaiser Friedrich Mausoleum in Sanssouci's Church of Peace in Potsdam.
Frederick the Great had a major impact on European history, and his influence can be felt in Germany to this day. In this country, however, he remains largely unknown, and his statue survives in a tucked-away corner out of public view. It should be remembered that one of his disciples, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, used Prussian-based drill to transform the Continental Army from a rag-tag collection of troops into a disciplined fighting force which was able to defeat the British, and win independence for this country. Without von Steuben's contribution, the American Revolution might well have failed, and this country might still be living under British colonial rule.
As we celebrate the 300-year anniversary of Frederick the Great's birthday, we should remember that he was the source of Prussian military discipline which enabled this country to win its freedom.


Baron von Steuben Recognition Day at Valley Forge Park

THIS Sunday, Oct 14, 2 PM

Steuben Recognition Day at Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania, on the second Sunday in October is a project of the Philadelphia Steuben Society - Pastorius Unit. The date for this year is October 14, at 2:00 PM and members and friends of the Steuben Society of America are invited to attend the ceremony at Valley Forge Park.
Complimentary food and refreshments will be offered at the Vereinigung Erzgebirge afterwards.

Vouchers for food will be handed out at the park ceremony.

For bus tickets from the park to the restaurant, further info, or if you are bringing a large group, please notify: Erwin Stielow at 215-969-4166 or Tom Carroll at 215-368-5633.

Steuben Day Parade
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Meet at 11am at Welsh Rd & Frankford Ave in N.E. Philadelphia
The parade steps off at 12 noon
Wear a Temple T!
Meet in the parking lot of the Brown School
At conclusion of the Steuben Parade, we repair to the
Bayerischer Volksfest Verein
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Our annual celebration of German fun, food and gemütlichkeit.
Entertainment will be provided in the tent by
Emil Schanta Band and The Heimatklaenge
Bayerischer Volksfest Verein

Sincerely, Mitchell Frizzell & Andrew Calhoun


German Society Christmas Party at Ludwig's Garten in Center City, Philadelphia

Members of the German Society meet together in activities outside the classroom. Events include movie nights, visits to traditional German restaurants, hosting German students, speakers, parades and a variety of other German culture focused programs. 

 Our members also offer peer tutoring, conversation practice and study help to further learning and interest in the German language.  This helps students be better prepared for the classroom.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to expand one's knowledge about the German culture and language in a social atmosphere.  If you are interested and would like more information, please visit our official site at 

There, you are welcome to add your name and email to our listserv so that we may update you on upcoming German Society events. Bis dann!

Weihnachtslieder singen im Krankenhaus

Weihnachtsessen im Restaurant 'Austrian Village'! 2008

Schintzel mit Spaetzle und Rotkohl, die Spezialitaet des Hauses!

HAPPY Schnitzel eaters at Austrian Village Restaurant


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