Your swiller. Your cook. Your curmudgeon. Your Sauerkraut Yankee.

What is a Sauerkraut Yankee?

Originally a pejorative term used by rebellious Confederate soldiers in the American Civil War to insult the German language and culture of Pennsylvania Dutchmen fighting in the Union army, it eventually and for a time became a generic word for the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Who is this Sauerkraut Yankee?

My name is Adam, I currently live near the charming town of Freising in Upper Bavaria, and honestly for as long as I can remember I’ve been drawn toward the German language and culture. Obviously in addition to other things, though, like travel, food, beer, music, politics, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, history, religion, culture, geography…

Why is he a Sauerkraut Yankee?

Because I’m of German extraction, born and raised among the hills of southeast and central Pennsylvania! While the explicit “Pennsylvania Dutch” aspect of my heritage was something largely unrealized to me until within the last few years, it’s something I’ve been diving into lately. I very much enjoy finding connections between my homeland and my adopted homeland of Germany.

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