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German Day

German Day is an annual event of competitions and fun for middle and high school German students sponsored by U-M's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

2023:  Die neuen und alten 20er Jahre

We are pleased to announce that German Day 2023 will be held in-person on Friday, March 10, 2023. We look forward to having you back on campus!

The competition categories will remain unchanged - skits, music, videos, commercials, spelling bee, art, poetry, reading, speaking and website design. 

We will keep our more popular asynchronous events - cooking videos for certain. Others TBA!

German Day 2023 is celebrating the 20s - 1920s and 2020s! There are many similarities to draw attention to when studying the “20s”.  At both times, the world was coming out of a pandemic (Spanish flu & COVID).  Additionally, both periods were marked by economic woes - hyperinflation - and political turmoil.  There was, however, a vibrant artistic scene - cinema was just “coming into its own '' with films like Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari (1920), Nosferatu (1922), and Metropolis (1927).  Cabaret in Berlin was enormously popular - as well as controversial - as previously “hidden” members of the LGBTQ+ often populated the stages.  The comparison to recent discussions of inclusivity and equality regarding the LGBTQ+ community is obvious, although arguing that the 2020s have been a “golden age” of film is a more difficult task.  Bauhaus - a radically new art/architectural approach that emphasized minimalism and functionality - could (possibly) be compared to our current efforts to remodel and reimage construction that serves an ecological purpose. 

For help preparing your students, here are more resources and links. 

 

Questions? Please email German.Day@umich.edu.