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  • #31
    Originally posted by Jürgen Hubert View Post
    As a side note, I recently translated a version of the legend of "Pilatusstadt" - a city that was originally built by Pontius Pilate (who allegedly came from the area of what is now northern Bavaria) but sunk beneath the ground when he convicted Jesus Christ.

    In a later era (according to the story), the city is still underground - filled with treasure and inhabited by at least one "short man" who likes to show it off to little boys. Sounds like a great place to go dungeon-crawling, if you can deal with the Monotheist story elements...
    that is really cool! (Also appreciate someone correctly assigning blame to Pilate there, given the unfortunate correlation of where blame is moved in Christian traditions that exonerate him)


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    • #32
      Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

      that is really cool! (Also appreciate someone correctly assigning blame to Pilate there, given the unfortunate correlation of where blame is moved in Christian traditions that exonerate him)
      There are also a lot of German folklore stories featuring Jews, as it happens.

      And the majority of them is... really, really ugly. I have wrestled with myself whether I should translate any of them, but decided that sweeping this aspect of German folklore under the carpet would be worse. Thus I will translate a carefully selected number of these stories with extensive commentary.


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      • #33
        Originally posted by Jürgen Hubert View Post

        There are also a lot of German folklore stories featuring Jews, as it happens.

        And the majority of them is... really, really ugly. I have wrestled with myself whether I should translate any of them, but decided that sweeping this aspect of German folklore under the carpet would be worse. Thus I will translate a carefully selected number of these stories with extensive commentary.
        I use Jew in the Thornbush in my history class when teaching about the Holocaust to help show students the cultural foundation the Reich was building on.


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        • #34
          You can’t deny the past and we need to learn from the past to create a better future, so you must show it, but also must be clear that it’s not about what people in Germany believe nowadays and it’s not intended to insult any person in any way.


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          • #35
            Originally posted by Jürgen Hubert View Post
            Okay, here is a good one - a legend of how the island of Hiddensee (in the Baltic Sea) separated from the nearby island of Rügen. I recently translated it and will publish the translation at some later date on my Patreon page, but here is a quick summary:

            [snip]

            For those who are curious, I have finally published the translation:

            https://www.patreon.com/posts/31272277


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