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Overview of Period Dramas 2013/2014

Here’s a list of current and upcoming period dramas with release dates and summaries for this year (2013) and next (2014)! Update: Please check Period Dramas 2014 and Upcoming Period Dramas 2015-Future for a list of period dramas from 2014 onwards. Don’t forget that you can see the complete lists of period dramas in the Movies and TV …

Period Dramas at VIFF 2013;
Vancouver, World of Costume

Period Dramas at VIFF 2013

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is back from 26 September – 11 October and here are eight period dramas that will be shown: Camille Claudel, 1915 – 97 min. French “French actress Juliette Binoche plays Camille Claudel some years after the famous sculptress was committed to a benevolent asylum by her family. Pinning her hopes …

The Oktoberfest…Citizen?…!;
Lifestyle, Vancouver

The Oktoberfest…Citizen?…!

Oktoberfest special menu from Red Robins

I saw this on the special menu from Red Robins on Robson & Thurlow (Vancouver, BC) on Wednesday. Quite funny for me and any German speaker.

Anglophones love to add umlauts to words to make it more German. They’re always dotting the u’s! However, what’s funny is that they don’t pronounce it any different! To them, adding the umlaut to ‘burger’ will still be pronounced ‘burger’, except everyone will say, ‘Look, it’s (or it looks) German!’

Yogen Früz, however, makes sense (although apparently, it is supposed to mean ‘yogurt frozen’ lit.) – if you pronounce Früz correctly. (No, Früz is not German for fruit. Pronounce the ‘u’ the French way and the ‘z’ as ‘ts’ and it sounds like fruit[s], doesn’t it?)

If Anglophones were to pronounce Bürger the way it is, a German speaker would understand you to mean [a male] citizen. Hence, this menu is talking about the Oktoberfest citizen. But where is he? All I see is a burger! (A buger is ein Burger in informal German.)

Bernhard Schlink: Being German is a huge burden (My Thoughts);

Bernhard Schlink: Being German is a huge burden (My Thoughts)

Bernhard Schlink: Being German is a huge burden (My Thoughts)

“Naturally, we have an everlasting responsibility for the crimes of national-socialism, for the victims of World War II, and above all, for the Holocaust…

“We must clearly say, generation after generation, and say it again: with courage, civil courage, each individual can help ensure that racism and anti-Semitism have no chance…

“We’re facing our history, we’re not hiding anything, we’re not repressing anything. We must confront this to make sure we are a good and trustworthy partner in the future, as we already are today, thankfully.” – Chancellor Angela Merkel

Merkel: Holocaust guilt is ‘everlasting’ (

Bernhard Schlink is the author of The Reader (Der Vorleser). This is related to my last German paper (equivalent to a ‘thesis’ that I never had to write) on German ‘guilt’ that seems to still go on, 67 years after the war. I’m aware that there are some [younger] Germans (citizens and those with the heritage) who’ve never felt any ‘guilt’ over the dark past (WWII, Holocaust) nor have they been called ‘Nazis’ as a joke. Despite the fact that my German relations were not involved with the Nazis (to the best of my knowledge), I’ve somehow carried this guilt in me, since I was 9 (or around the time I learned about WWII), for a number of reasons: 1) I’m very proud of Germany and anything to do with it; 2) my grandparent grew up in Nazi Germany; 3) I love history and war films constantly remind me of the past; 4) because of my close connection with the elderly, I feel remorse for anyone non-German who grew up during WWII.
Because of this ‘guilt’, I’ve always felt that I owe it to everyone to make sure that such a horrendous crime would never happen again and will do everything I can to help the victims of racism. In some ways, I’m trying to give Germany a new slate. One cannot erase the past, but one can start anew.