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Old May 9th, 2010, 01:43 AM   #21
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This is really interesting thread. I'm surprised about all those Suiss-German stylish houses in Brazilian towns. I even thought that you're kidding or confused something, but when I saw third time the same, I knew that can't be mistake.

You have much to discover in Northern Europe as well! I see, you have been in Tallinn and Helsinki, but somehow have missed Saint Petersburg, Stockholm, Riga and Vilnius - all of them great and amazing cities.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 02:18 AM   #22
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Wow, you've been everywhere. Interesting thread
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Old May 15th, 2010, 05:09 PM   #23
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Sch÷ne presentatione oder zo!

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Old December 3rd, 2010, 04:37 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by schmidt View Post
Not that German anymore. Of course most people have German ancestry, but there's also a significant population of Portuguese and Italian decendants. There's not much German influence in the architecture anymore and most of what we have is in the city centre and some fachwerk (dunno in English) houses in the suburbs.

It's not rare to see people with German surnames (look at mine), but at the same time, most of the people don't speak German anymore. Actually only older generations speak it. You'll only find significant groups of people speaking German in the suburbs or in the surrounding cities (which are much smaller - BNU has 300,000 inabitants and our biggest neighbour has 50,000).

Many people also think that speaking German is a bad thing, a colono's (settler in Portuguese, but in reality that word means that such people are ignorant and work in rural areas) thing and younger generations are more interested in learning English than German - mainly for the reason I said above, but also because English is much easier for someone who speaks Portuguese.

Also, the city went through a degermanization process in the 40's during the WWII. Brazil, who was originally an ally of Germany, declared war on Germany and everything related to Germany (including the language) was banned in Brazil. Back then Blumenau was a mainly German-speaking city (my dad was raised in German), but German could not be spoken on the streets, otherwise you'd go to jail. My grandparents got married in a cinema in an unofficial German ceremony. Companies like my family's (Schrader) had to have their names changed (ours was renamed to Cia. Comercial Coelho) and there was a lot of repression on the streets.

So well, as you can see, it forcedly became more Portuguese and less German during the time!
Hi, I felt like I needed to thank you after all this time. I read it earlier but forgot to reply. I speak a little German and I'm just interested about any diaspora of any people anywhere. great story
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