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    Does Prussian Identity Still Exist Today?

    Do any Germans still identify as Prussian now that the state of Prussia no longer exists either as a country or as an subnational unit within Germany? Is there a Prussian regional mentality other than the one seen by Bavarians, who consider anyone who is not one of them a "Prussian"? Any national garb, cuisine or dialects that can be considered Prussian?

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    No, except for very old Prussian refugees who fled Prussia in 1945, there's probably no-one who can genuinely identify as Prussian anymore. The Prussian heartland is gone. In a Flanders without Flemings, Brabantians and Limburgers would stop identifying as Flemings too. The mentality of Prussians is and was undoubtedly different from Bavarians - but I'm not a German, a German can deal with the particularities of this matter much better than me.



    This is what I came across. I'm sure there were regional differences regarding folk costume within Prussia itself, but this is what Prussian women wore in Spreewald - the figures are not from the Prussian heartland though.
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    Off-topic: When I was around 12, I got cast as a Prussian princess in a school play.

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    Not , that I am aware of it .

    The Sudetendeutsche from Tshecheslovakia were in the 1980s the only Tribe , that I can remember today ,
    who where content once a year in the Tagesschau main ARD TV-programm reported of ,
    when they had hold their annual meeting .

    Even small portions of their youth had put on traditional clothing for this event .

    But Prussians in the public ?
    My guess is , that they are ashamed of their background , since the militaristic reputation ,
    that had been floating around them , had brought so much troubles after both World Wars everywhere .

    One elderly woman I had met of age 90+ in the first half of the millenium , had kept books and
    pictures of Prussia in her house , which had some taste of paranoia , since it was kind of a small gated community for itself
    by wire fence and shadowy greens around the property .
    That small town, where it had been located , had not have many "foreigners" until year 2015 .

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