Category Archives: Germany

International Sword Spectacular In Germany

After a brief jaunt through Croatia and Bosnia I returned back to Germany to the town of Balingen, just south of Stuttgart, for an International Sword Dance Festival. Unfortunately, due to a dearth of information, I had not much of an … Continue reading

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In the News: Georgrit 2012 in Traunstein

This is a video made by the TV station from the town of Traunstein with some footage of the dance and even a brief interview with the resident American (yours truly!) If you don’t speak German you might want to … Continue reading

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Sword Dance in Traunstein: 16 Dancers and 397 Horses

I rehearsed with the Traunstein Schwerttanz group every Friday evening for the month of March. We would meet and run through the dance once or twice before talking it over and then going out to the local pub to get pretzels, beer … Continue reading

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Jewish Holocaust Victims Buried Under Crosses

In the final days of WWII, SS officers massacred 61 Jewish prisoners near the Bavarian town of Surberg. Today, a twenty-foot tall cross towers over their memorial, and their graves are marked by small wooden crosses. While a more Jewish … Continue reading

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In the News: A Cowboy in the Sword Dance

My first front page article! Moving up in the world! This has never occurred before in the long history of Traunstein sword dance: The appearance of the 16th Sword Dancer of the Gymnastics Club in the Georgirit festival of Traunstein on … Continue reading

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In the News: Sword Dance: A Yank Swings His Sword

U.S. Researcher as a Guest Dancer Sword Dance: A Yank Swings his Sword The sword dance is a unique spectacle in Traunstein, whose origins date back to the 16th century. This year is the first time a guest dancer (from the … Continue reading

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In The News: US Researcher Doing the Sword Dance in Traunstein

For the first time in the history of the dance we have a guest dancer in our midst. Jeremy Carter-Gordon studied Ethnochoreology at Bard Collage, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. As part of a one-year fellowship he is one of the first people to explore the … Continue reading

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