Tuesday, February 25, 2020

FreiBurger

Charles James, president of the Madison-Freiburg Sister City Committee and professor emeritus of German language and culture at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, sent me a video link.


The video tries to answer the question of whether John F. Kennedy meant that he was a jelly-filled doughnut when in 1960, he said in his famous Berlin speech, "Ich bin ein Berliner!".

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By the way, Berliners, the people living in Berlin, call their jelly-filled doughnuts Pfannkuchen (pancakes?).

Watch the video and judge for yourself.

Let us rather exercise the case with the word Freiburger. When I say I am a Freiburger then this is not true because I wasn't born in Freiburg, I didn't go to school there, and I moved to the city only after my retirement.

If I were born in Freiburg, I would always claim, "Ich bin Freiburger" for saying, "Ich bin ein Freiburger" would stress the point that I'm am a Freiburger and not, e.g., a Hamburger. Actually, I am neither because I wasn't born in Hamburg, although I went to school in the Hanseatic city for nine long years.

So if you are from Hamburg and not a Quiddje* like me, you would always claim, "Ich bin Hamburger" because saying, "ein Hamburger" is indeed likely to be misunderstood.
*as genuine Hamburgers call non-Hamburgers

Now, what about Freiburgers? This year is Freiburg's 900th anniversary, so let us look into a fundamental document of 1218 where the following is written about Freiburg's founding father, "Conradus Friburcum in Brisgaw construxit ac libertate donavit ...... Henrico imperatore confirmante et cunctis principibus corone Romani imperii qui aderant consentientibus (Conrad built Freiburg and gave freedom to the settlement ... this was confirmed by Emperor Heinrich, and all crowned heads of the Roman Empire agreed). This rather late statement insisting on the emperor's legalization is fundamental because, in 1120, Duke Conrad had founded Freiburg somewhat autocratically.

Be it as it may, the salient word here is freedom (Freiheit) that is part of the name of Freiburg that has become a hallmark. I would stress the syllable "free" in Freiburg, although in addition to the hallmark, we now find a trademark when eating FreiBurgers in Freiburg.

Watch Red Baron taking the photo.
The makers of these delicious burgers, not prefabricated but freshly prepared while U wait, were careful distinguishing between der Freiburger and derfreiBurger.

Advertizing in bad Denglish all over Germany
Keep in mind a FreiBurger is not a free burger but somewhat more expensive than the usual stuff. The quality of a FreiBurger is worth any additional Eurocent.

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