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Whatchamacallit 48: Goethe and Schiller, finger puppets.

Goethe und Schiller

Living in Weimar for 6 years – my first six years in Germany – I learned something important very quickly: Weimar IS THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING.

Weimar is home to Goethe (died 1832), Schiller (died 1805), and is The European Capital of Culture (1999). It is the home to all great German things.

Spend enough time in the friendly environs of Weimar and one might start to think that Weimar is it; the only place in Germany that is authentically German.

Of course, to any sane person, with a broader perspective, this is amusing. There is far more to Germany than Weimar and Goethe.

But back in the bubble, Weimar offers its guests, among its primary attractions, Goetheplatz, Goethe’s Haus, Goethe’s Garten Haus, the Goethekaufhaus, the Goethe Apotheke, Goethes Schokolädchen, Goethegymnasium, and a statue of Goethe with his (best) friend, Schiller.

At some point I found the above finger puppets for sale – a whimsical copy of the authentic, large statue. As a way to play with Goethe and Shiller, it is cute and it takes the mickey out of the subject.

Hence, I love it.

I alluded to this yesterday and then, after a brief exchange with a friend, decided to feature it today.

Playing with it makes me insanely happy. Probably why I was in a good mood all Thursday afternoon.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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