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    Question Germanic Studies in School or University

    What are your experiences with Germanic heritage projects or papers in your educational experience?

    In primary school, the teacher asked all of us to relate our ancestry and a family tree, if possible. I was told back in 1991, that we are of Viking origins and the supposed etymology of our surname, but didn't know the full details of its meaning (peaceful village) and which nation of Scandinavians (Swedes) and when (11th century) they came up with it, in Jorvik in the Danelaw, until 10 years ago (2008). My grandfather gave me the general idea to work with, but I had to go through many twists and turns to figure out the details.

    In secondary school in 1998, I wrote a paper on Nydam in Sundeved and Thorsberg in Angeln, with their context in the ancient world of the Angles, although those places subsequently spoke Jutish rather than Frisian. This helped me reconcile my understanding of England as a place in Britain with her origins distinct from the Welsh, but having ancestry in particular from what was called the Danelaw (3/4) and Kent (1/4). Of course, I didn't reveal that I had a personal motive to choosing the content of my report, but it was certainly worth it for me. I sure wasn't going to make a project about any slavery or holocaust guilt trip. I was going to cherish much of my Jutish heritage, not somebody else's Jüdisch blood, LOL. It has been periodically aggravating when I see the similarity and possible confusion for some people unfamiliar with demographics.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nydam_Mose
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    I wonder how far gone and disassociated my teacher and classroom were. Had I stood behind the podium and delivered my speech about the Jutes, I wonder if they would immediately mistake the subject for Jews. I'm not sure how far down the rabbit hole of "Christian Identity" and "British Israelism" pop culture is, but I'd say a general ignorance and anti-intellectualism would have made that a very painful lecture, especially if I explored the Jute-Goth hypothesis. Very dreary indeed, to think about students raising hands asking why I'd be addressing Jewish alt-rockers. I really do think that's how dumbed down society is, where they know of Arthur and Merlin but not Hengest and Horsa.

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