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3 Fast Facts About German Culture in Ukraine

28. December 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

Wonder where you can find some German culture in Ukraine? There is actually quite a bit since both countries have a very long and complicated past.


However, here are three quick facts that are interesting to know. 


The University 

The Chernivtsi National University was founded as Franz-Josefs Universität in 1875. The main language of instruction was German with separate departments for Ukrainian and Romanian language and literature. It was the first German university outside of a German speaking country.


During the period of Austro-Hungarian rule the university operated three faculties: Orthodox theology, law and philosophy. At the time the majority of the students were Jewish and German Austrians, while Ukrainians and Romanians made up about 20 to 25% of the student body.


The Writer

Olha Kobylianska was a famous Ukrainian writer who wrote her first books in German. She was born in Bukovina, an area located between Romania and Ukraine, in 1863. One of her distant relatives was the German poet Zacharias Werner.


Mainly self-educated, Olha had only four years of formal schooling in the German language. She also spoke Ukrainian and Polish.


In 1889 she moved to her mother's parents’ estate in the village of Dymka (today part of Hlyboka Raion, Chernivetska Oblast). In 1973, a museum was opened there in her memory. From 1938 to 1942 she lived in Chernivtsi and her building was made into a literary memorial museum dedicated to her in 1944.


The Cuisine

German and Ukrainian foods are quite similar. Both countries often serve the popular beet soup known as borscht and they love dishing out meat dumplings called varenyky in Ukraine, pierogies in Germany.


While vinegret salad is a popular dish in Russia and Ukraine, consisting of beets, pickled cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, and onions, the root of its origins may actually be from German cuisine. Also, both countries enjoy cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings. Ukrainians call them holubtsi, while Germans call them kohlroulade.


For dessert, Germans enjoy Berliner, while Ukrainians eat pampushky; both are simply fried dough with sweet fillings like doughnuts.


There are plenty of hot Russian brides who speak German. Strike up a conversation today!