January 2015 - Nr. 1
Another year has passed….That is how I always open my first
column of the year. All the various media are full of reviews
and predictions, best and the worst of top ten on whatever or
whatever. We too have something to look back on and not all of
it is great. We lost again many good friends and we celebrated
the ones that are still with us. We commemorated wars and
remembered needless deaths and heroes. We remembered the fall of
the wall that separated Germany for so long and we will remember
and celebrate the unity of our fatherland this year.
We lost two important institutions this year: The Deutsche
Rundschau and the Deutsche Presse. One might ask why. The answer
is not difficult. Our community is aging and shrinking. That
also means less support for our media.
At Echo Germanica we have always seen this coming, thus we
included English articles into our repertoire, which had many
lovers and, well, let’s say the opposite, the ones that did not
see the wisdom of including others like our children and
grandchildren and our mixed marriages into our heritage
Perhaps now after nearly 25 years of trying Echo Germanica is
becoming more appreciated.
Since the short fall of service in our area we have concluded
that it is time to bridge the gap even more. We have hired one
of Deutsche Presses’ Columnists who will report on those
activities she covered before in German. Ingrid Oppermann had
several articles ready that were never printed. We will print
them every time we can make some room for them, and something
This of course means that each Echo Germanica will change a bit
and it will not happen all over night.
The publishing field is full of difficulties, especially when
electronic media is involved. Our websites have experienced
quite a bit of difficulties in the past while. For several month
now we have not been able to post anything, because our server
has been hacked big time. We are waiting for this to be handled.
Personally we also had a few challenges and mine shall be
So all in all I am looking forward to a most interesting new
year, full of surprises and changes, all for the better! And
that is what I wish all of our friends, partners and readers
too: a healthy new year with many pleasant surprises, while I
thank them for their help and commitment to Echo Germanica in
keeping this community on the map and together!
All the best
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, editor, editor-in-chief of Echo Germanica,
comments, cultural, artistic, political, daily events, German-Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
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