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Ein feste Burg, Episode 15

Ein feste Burg, Episode 15

Chapter 24: Make the Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak The North Sea off Husum, Nordfriesland November 1634 Lorenz Melffsen looked over the water, his tears flowing. "Are you sure," he asked the captain of the fishing boat. "That this is the place where Morsum was?" The...
Clash of Cultures—School Systems at (the) Stake Part 1

Clash of Cultures—School Systems at (the) Stake Part 1

Wisdom is power. —Francis Bacon (1561–1626) Introduction When American parents think about a good—or better, the best possible—schooling for their children, they invariably think about private preschools, private schools, and expensive universities. When German...
Ein feste Burg, Episode 14

Ein feste Burg, Episode 14

Chapter 21: From the Government Mayor's office, Brotterode, West Thuringia County May 1635 "Isch bin von der Regierung, und isch bin hier zu helfen." Bryant Burke didn't even try to hide his outlandish accent. He was completely unable to pronounce the German word...
Ein feste Burg, Episode 13

Ein feste Burg, Episode 13

Chapter 20: A New Year Jagdschloss of the Duke of Sachsen-Eisenach, Marksuhl, ThuringiaThe morning of New Year's Day 1635 "They're coming." Christine, landgravine of Hesse-Kassel, cocked her head and seemed to be listening to something. "Who is...
Ein feste Burg, Episode 12

Ein feste Burg, Episode 12

Chapter 17: Hard LaborJagdschloss of the Duke of Saxe-Eisenach, MarksuhlThe morning of Christmas Eve 1634 "Scheiße!" Maximiliane von Pasqualini's diction was not exactly as one would expect from a noblewoman. She looked down. A puddle of water was...
Ein Feste Burg, Episode 11

Ein Feste Burg, Episode 11

Chapter 16: A Business Trip to Saxony   Jena Lokschuppen, Jena, Saxe-Weimar CountyNovember 1634   "We don't have enough tin," Wolfgang Hilliger said thoughtfully. "If we really want to build the first section to Weimar with bronze tracks,...
Ein Feste Burg, Episode 10

Ein Feste Burg, Episode 10

Chapter 13: Family Gathering Altes Schloss, Dornburg/Saale, Saxe-Altenburg County August 1634   The sun was hot, but fortunately the beer was cold. The Old Castle, built on a cliff high above the Saale, had a deep cellar where the temperature stayed low even in...
Ein Feste Burg, Episode 9

Ein Feste Burg, Episode 9

Chapter 12: The Lord of the Tracks JenaJune 1636 "Jakob, what are you doing?" Opa again. Always the same question. "I'm writing." "Are you doing your homework?" "I finished it two hours ago." "So it's one of these...