View Full Version : Pomerode: German Pomeranian Outpost in Southern Brazil

Monday, February 21st, 2011, 09:12 AM
There is a small region, in Southern Brazil, that was settled by Germans back in the 19th century. What is remarkable about it, especially the city of Pomerode, is that a majority of the population continues to speak the Pomeranian German of their ancestors. From the Wikipedia article about it:
Pomerode was founded by Pomeranian (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FPomerania)Germans (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FGermans) in 1861 and is considered the “most typically German of all German towns of southern Brazil”. One very remarkable characteristic about Pomerode is the fact that Pommersch (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FPomeranian_%2528German _dialect_group%2529) is still being preserved by the majority of the local population.

In Pomerode, as in some other localities in southern Brazil (Santa Maria de Jetibá, Espírito Santo (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FSanta_Maria_de_Jetib%2 5C3%25A1%2C_Esp%25C3%25ADrito_Santo), among them), the German language is not a foreign language (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FForeign_language), but a Brazilian linguistic regionalism (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FDialect). For a good part of the 20th century, the Brazilian government did not encourage people to speak the German language. As a matter of fact, at times it was actively repressed and prohibited, like during Getúlio Vargas (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FGet%25C3%25BAlio_Varga s)‘s presidency. Today on the other hand the German language is part of the curriculum in local schools and strongly encouraged by the local governments throughout southern Brazil.
The largest proportions of whites, in Brazil, can be found in the South. Hence, the standard of living tends to be higher there and crime is lower. According to Wikipedia (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikip edia.org%2Fwiki%2FSouth_Region%2C_Brazil ), 79% of the South region of Brazil is white. In Pomerode, the percentage is in the 90′s. So it is no surprise that blacks and mulattoes trickle in from the North to take advantage of this. One of the tragedies of the political entity known as the “state” is that it tends to homogenize minority populations within its arbitrary boundaries.

Since the regional population lacks the autonomy to restrict immigration into its own territory by political/military means, it is left to the mercy of economic trends. The minority population must, in a sense, choose between retaining their own national character by remaining poor and backward (so that few outsiders would want to move there), or improving their standard of living and losing their ethnic/racial identity due to the migration of undesirables.

Though there have been secessionist movements in the South of Brazil, it would seem that the odds of success are slim to none. The only apparent options available to them, to preserve their own identity into the future, would be continued underground intimidation of intruders or to convince the central government to restrict the movement of people into their region (as the Indian government (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.immi help.com%2Fnri%2Fprotected-restricted-area-permit-india.html) does with some of its tribal areas). Realistically, I doubt there is any chance that a Western government would make any sort of accommodation for white groups within its territory. The exclusion of the Amish (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mone yandmarkets.com%2Fjust-saying-no-to-social-security-39048) from social security taxes was a rare exception and was by virtue of their religion, not their race.

If I were a native of Pomerode, I would start a campaign to inform outsiders that, although their tourist money and visits are welcome, they are not welcome to stay and settle. Billboards could say, “Welcome to Pomerode! Enjoy yourself – and then go on home”. This sort of campaign has been done before – but the details escape me at the moment.

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Monday, February 21st, 2011, 10:23 AM
I think they should come back to polish-occupied Pommern and move thier outpost there.

Monday, February 21st, 2011, 11:17 AM
Pomerode is very much a Jewel inside Brazil. If they could only get Autonomy status for the region around the town it would for sure then help preserve the Germanic culture forever.

This is the towns website in German, English and Portugese.


85% of the population speak German.

All things considering that is impressive


Thank you for this post as I have a strong interest in this region of Brazil for obvious reasons..

Monday, February 21st, 2011, 11:53 AM
Meet some of the locals of Pomerode, Southern Brazil..

Monday, March 14th, 2011, 04:32 PM
I am from Brazil, my father was born near Pomerode, so I used to visit the town a lot. It is indeed very beautiful, a little part of Germany in the middle of this forsaken land. Lots of Aryan women too. :D
There are lots of little Germanic towns in Brazil's southern region, but Pomerode is one of the purest ones. Almost everyone there has blue eyes and blonde hair. :P

A sad fact: during World War II, Brazil's then-president (and dictator), Vargas, allied himself with the USA because Roosevelt promised money in exchange for permission to use our northeastern area as bases. To please the americans, Vargas began a process of "nationalization" of all ethnicities, and a huge anti-German propaganda began. So much that every German-descended person here suffered a lot. My grandmother tells me that people actually SPAT on people with German appearance, and they were called traitors. She had to dye her hair.... Some were even sent to prison for no reason other than being of Germanic blood!
Speaking German? Strictly forbidden.
The greatest race in the world, being condemned for being having the greatest blood. Infuriating.