EXPANDING OUR KNOWLEDGE ON GERMANY
History for all, and for all some fun
Germany has been a major player in the last 100 years for the world and is well known for its role in World War 2 and creating the world we know today. But how much do you know about the Germany before? Or about the Germany after? Did you know that the German tribes conquered most of Roman Europe and Africa? Did you know that Queen Louise of Prussia was a symbol of resistance against Napoleon? Join us as we discuss the history of Germany and turn it from dry tales into relatable and personal stories of people not so different from you or me. This podcast will cover aspects of culture, politics, military, gender, and day to day life from when we first have findings for the archeological records all the way to modern day.
The episodes are supposed to be listened to in order so make sure to start with episode 1 and work your way through up to the newest episode. I hope you enjoy as we explore the center of Europe.
July 2, 2020
Hey everyone welcome to our special episode where we discuss the creation of one of the largest Jewish communities in modern day Europe, Germany. Brad Pomerance from Jewish Life TV shares the stories of those who have started a new life in central Europe and why Germany, despite its past under the Nazis and the Holocaust, has now become a major center for Jewish settlement. Explore with us the history of Jewish life in Germany.
Brad Pomerance's show Air, Land, and Sea looks at the past and present for Jewish communities throughout the world and can be found on Jewish Life TV.
NEWS FOR PODCAST ON GERMANY
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ABOUT THE PODCAST AND MYSELF
My name is Jacob Collier and I am the creator of the Podcast on Germany. Podcast on Germany was created in order to provide a fun and interesting discussion on German history. This podcast wants to expand on our common knowledge of Germany and its past and turn it from the dry pages of your textbooks into real life stories. The names and dates will have faces and meanings while the past becomes something that we can understand and appreciate. Those involved in the history will be shown as real life humans not story book characters that we could never be. All of this is important to show that history is something that we take part of every day, even without realizing it. It also serves as a reminder that history is life. What happened to those mentioned within the podcast can happen to you as well. We can end up being just as great if we try, or just as terrible if we are not careful, as those names mentioned within those long classes back in high school.
I received my Master's degree in Modern European History focusing on Imperial German diplomacy in 2017 from Texas Tech University. I can read German but do not bother to ask me to speak it. Language has never been my gift. I have spent 3 years reading and researching German history and was lucky enough to go visit Berlin, Potsdam, and Vienna back in May 2018. I have always enjoyed reading the histories and I look forward to sharing it with you.
ON THIS DAY!
Important events and people on this day in German History:
Today in 1867 Maximilian Margrave of Baden was born. As the heir to the Duchy of Baden he never really had much hope of ruling in his own right as 4 years after his birth Germany was unified. In October 1918 he was selected as Chancellor of the German Empire. He was taking over from Georg von Hertling as the German empire was on the verge of collapse.
He was selected due to his rather liberal stance and his recognition thanks to his work with the German Red Cross. During the war he had come out against Hindenburg and Ludendorff even during their height and had fought hard against the resumption of the unrestricted submarine warfare in 1917.
When he was made Chancellor he was appalled to find out that he was to ask for terms of an armistice. He did eventually cave and reached out to the Allies willing to conduct negotiations on the 14 points presented by US president Woodrow Wilson. The Allies distrusted Max as he was still a memebr of a ruling family. They also were not very keen on keeping with the 14 points as the eventual Armistice and Treaty of Versailles would show.
In order to help Germany's case he met with the Kaiser on November 9th and convinced him to abdicate. When revolution broke out it was demanded that he abdicate and be replaced with the head of the SPD. Rather than resist and lead to a blood bath, Maximilian resigned and allowed Germany to leave behind the Imperial age. While the Republic would not be without its threats and fighting, it was allowed to transfer into power thanks to Max.