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Perspectives . . . A handy guide to German literature:

Lebe wohl, Scharf’s Reformation to Baroque

by Martin Ederer Drama

2019 is proving to be the annus terribilis for German eateries in he Protestant Reformation Jesuits!
was a watershed event in the Jakob Ayrer (comedy)
TWestern New York. Earlier this year, Black Forest Adler closed its
doors. Even more stunning, Scharf’s, which has been a fixture in the development of German-lan-
area for 52 years, went out of business on June 29. Scharf’s, which guage literature. It was the first Andreas Gryphius (best Ger-
spent most of its existence on Crossman Ave. in Buffalo as Scharf’s movement to both understand man dramatist of era: com-
Schiller Park Restaurant, responded to changing times in 2014 by and capitalize on Gutenberg’s edies and tragedies)

moving to West Seneca. A Facebook post announced the sad news: invention of metal, moveable- Daniel Kasper von Lohen-

type printing around 1450 in stein (best known for his

Most of you know of our history: Born in 1967, saved in Mainz. Imagine religious tradi- very dramatic tragedies)

2012 and reborn in 2014. Hard to believe it has been 5 tions based on easily-accessed

years since we made the move from Schiller Park. With local-language bibles in every Novels
that came many costs. A year ago, we went into Chapter home before that was technolog- (heroic and realistic varieties)
11 bankruptcy, hoping that the protection from creditors ically possible! Hans Jakob Christoffel von
would help us find profitability again or at least a chance
to break even. Unfortunately, in spite of our best efforts, Anyhow, although Luther Grimmelshausen: Simpl-
we were unable to find that. still did a lot of writing in Latin icius Simplicissimus
– Latin did not fully disappear
Heinrich Anselm von Ziegler
While we have every confidence in our product, we have until centuries later as the lan- Philipp Melancthon. Anton Ulrich zu Braunsch-
sadly decided that Saturday, June 29th will be our last guage of educated people – his
day. ideas were popularized increas- Hans Sachs of Nurnberg. As the weig-Wolfenbüttel
The Scharf Family and Staff would like to thank you for ingly in printed vernacular. Lu- sectarian battles meanwhile heat- Philipp von Zesen
your many years of support and friendship. It is all of you theran worship was in German – ed up, broadsides multiplied. Daniel Kasper von Lohenstein
that we will truly miss. or Swedish, or Danish, or Nor- More measured humanist cri-
wegian. tiques of Catholicism (except Satire
A sad farewell to Scharf’s along with best wishes to Jerry Scharf as maybe for Ulrich von Hutten’s Hans Michael Moscherosch
he enters a new chapter in life. Perhaps Luther’s major con- work) increasingly gave way to Abraham a Santa Clara
tribution was his translation of
the Bible into German. It was by
no means the first German trans- nastier broadsides from all reli- Friedrich von Logau
Historical society preserves lation of the Bible, but it was the gious persuasions. Some repre- Christian Reuter
translation that “took,” thanks in sentative figures here are the Johann Balthasar Schupp
ihmismtoirgyr,acnutlstuarned thoeifrPdreusscseianndantsfrom page 1 large part to the role of printing Franciscan Thomas Murner and
the Lutheran Johann Fischart.
Ein Haus in getting it widely distributed. Another literary outcome was Poetry
was built by the quite certain that his hotel room In the process, the Luther Bible drama supporting one side or the Andreas Gryphius
solidified the value of German as other. Paul Gerhardt
a literary language. Angelus Silesius (Joh. Schef-
The 1600s into the early
Another major figure in the
settlers in 1844 less than a mile was bugged. transition to German in Luther- 1700s is generally classified as fler)

away from where the museum is On its website, the society anism was Philipp Melancthon, the Baroque period of German Paul Fleming
now located. It was donated to says that its mission is “to com- probably the most brilliant of literature. War stories have al- Friedrich von Spee
the society in 2008. Described by pile the history of the North Ger- Luther’s associates. He was the ways made for great literature, Christian Hofmann von Hof-
the website as a “hand hewn oak man Settlements in Western and this period reflected the bru-
timber framed house / barn,” a New York and preserve their major force in setting up Luther- tal experiences of the Thirty mannswaldau
specialist in that type of con- heritage.” “We do this by col- an-ism, establishing schools, Years War from 1618-1648. Daniel Kaspar von Lohenstein
struction disassembled it, labeled lecting and preserving artifacts, curriculum, producing prayer Christian Weise
all the parts and stored it until it documents, photographs, publi- books and hymnals and proce- A good number of themes Christian Gunther
was reconstructed on the muse- cations, anecdotes and other re- dures. He stands as a major liter- were also drawn from classical Martin Opitz
ary figure. Major vernacular antiquity.

um site in 2015. Smaller than lated items.” “If you have an works included Luther’s large Drama expanded, both come-
Das Haus, part of the structure artifact or information that you and small catechisms, both pub- dy and tragedy, as did poetry, “The rules”: Standardizing
was a family home and part of it think might be of value, please lished in German. both religious and secular. Nov- German grammar, usage
As the Catholic church found els grew in number and popular- and style
housed the farm animals. Today, contact the society.”

farm implements are exhibited Schultz said that half the so- it necessary to respond to the ity. Most significant but Martin Opitz
there. ciety’s several hundred members Protestant challenge everywhere, probably least exciting, serious

Der Stall is a replica of a live outside the “14” zip code the Catholic (counter-) Reforma- work was underway to standard-
typical 19th-century village barn area. They include “history tion also had to increasingly re- ize and formalize the rules of
that houses the society’s buffs” in the U.K. with German spond in the vernacular. Perhaps German as a serious literary lan-
library/research area. ancestry as well as people in most notable here was the Jesuit guage. Martin Opitz is the major

Schultz said that the society Canada and Germany. Many join St. Peter Canisius (a name very figure here.
was founded in 1972 by the late to take advantage of the society’s familiar to Western New York- Finally, it bears mentioning
Eugene Camann who was its genealogical resources. ers) who responded to Luther’s that this era aligns somewhat February-March

first president. “We owe a large Members receive the soci- catechisms with Catholic (and roughly elsewhere with the likes April-May
debt of gratitude to him,” he said, ety’s newsletter, “Der Brief,” vernacular) catechisms of his of Miguel de Cervantes, Molière,
adding, “his influence is still felt which contains stories and per- own. and William Shakespeare. June-July

today.” It was he who acquired sonal recollections of the com- At the same time the rising Names associated with the Oktoberfest Guide
Das Haus for the society. Ca- munity’s past. A membership middle class (the Bürger) gained Baroque Period: August-September
mann made several trips to com- application as well as more in- a literary voice in the works of October-November
munist East Germany to research formation about the society and December-January

the community’s pre-American Camann’s books can be found at

history and authored several https://dashausmuseum.org/. Upcoming meetings for the Historical Society of

books. The society meets on the
Camann’s daughter, society third Thursday of the month North German Settlements in WNY: Published by
board member Ruth Voelker, from September to May except • Sept. 19: Historic Woodworking Demonstration by Tim Rob- Buffalo Standard Printing
said he could read German and December at the Wheatfield erts, Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Rd. (near Niaga-
speak the Plattdeutsch of Ucker- Community Center, 2800 ra Falls Blvd & Ward Rd), 7 p.m. 3620 Harlem Rd.
mark. Communist authorities, Church Rd. Meetings are at 7 • Oct 27: Annual Dinner. Program TBA, Holy Ghost School, Cheektowaga, NY 14215
she said, tried to discourage him p.m. except in January and Feb- 6630 Luther St, Wheatfield 5 p.m. $25
from going there and he wrote in ruary when they begin at 2 p.m. • Nov 21: Making Kaiserschmarn with Chef Oliver Wolf of the 716-831-8013
one of his books that he was A social hour with refreshments Seneca Casino, Wheatfield Community Center, 7 p.m. mail@thegermancitizen.com
• Dec 13: Christmas Carols in German, St Peter's Lutheran,
follows each meeting. For Advertising Sales call:
6167 Walmore Rd, Sanborn, NY, 7 p.m. Michelle Kisluk or
Steve Kroczynski
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