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or Sorbs,
Slavic people (numbering about 60,000) of Brandenburg and Saxony, E Germany, in Lusatia. They speak Lusatian (also known as Sorbic or Wendish), a West Slavic language with two main dialects: Upper Lusatian, nearer to Czech, and Lower Lusatian, nearer to
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We did not have an ideology and only wanted to protect ourselves as Sorbians.
Why did high-ranking East German politicians suppress the Sorbians in those years, and what factors or events led to a gradual policy shift in 1948-497?
The Soviets and the above-mentioned East German politicians, however, had no understanding of many of the issues facing the Germans and Sorbians in Lausatia.
Most Sorbians were religious and belonged to either the Catholic or the Lutheran Church.
GW: I also read that many Sorbians were disappointed that the leadership of Domowina did not protest more vehemently against the coal mines and their effects.
Sorbians debated this issue quite fiercely with one another.
GW: Since German reunification in 1990, there have been renewed efforts on behalf of the German government to increase support of Sorbian culture and language and to guarantee all Sorbians their political and social rights.
Kaiser Wilhelm I called the Sorbians "a jagged stake in the body of the German people," and Bismarck attempted as best he could to remove this stake.
GW: What are the greatest challenges facing the Sorbians and their culture in the twenty-first century?
GW: Do you have any suggestions how the Federal Republic of Germany can support the Sorbians more effectively?
If [German] Chancellor Schroder has no idea that the Sorbians exist (Wolf laughs).
GW: I have friends in Berlin who have not heard of the Sorbians or know very little about them.