Ich bin ein Jelly Donut…

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The word for jelly donut is Berliner. This was a major faux pas on President Kennedy’s part. But of course no one probably researched it enough and things were happening so fast there probably wasn’t time. Anyway there is a bit of history there for those of you who find it interesting, if you didn’t know it already. And here is a pile of them. By the time we were on our way back half of them were gone. Hmmmm, I suppose I’ll have to try one.

Went into heidelberg again yesterday. Got a bus schedule from the tourist center. I was right. One bus every hour. Not too much to do here but work. Tomorrow we venture into the next town Neckargemünd. It’s much smaller and quaint. They are having some kind of Medieval festival. Hopefully it will be interesting enough to talk about and not like one of those Renaissance Fairs lie in Tuxedo NY. Turns out it’s in walking distance downhill, winding streets, etc. Uphill is definitely the bus.

Hopefully we will have an appointment with a gallery in town next week. The dealer seems very receptive since we are town celebs (not with the bus driver) at the moment. She said she is even willing to come up here to Dracula’s castle and pay us a studio visit.

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Did a small drawing of Gerd who owns our local Cafe. I am now officially part of the community. Here it is hanging in PiPi Fax Cafe. We asked him what the name means: less than little, not very important. He said the name keeps out the snobs.

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Lots of graffiti here. Feels like I’m back in the 80’s. I thought Berlin was pretty graffiti’ed up, but along the trains and other parts of town there is a lot. Interesting. I have to say that the graffiti in Berlin is much better.

Today is a work day so I must get going. Happy Friday the 13th!!

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About cherylgross

Illustrator and author of the Z Factor. Professor Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Motion graphic collaborations with poet Nicelle Davis include: In The Circus Of You, Becoming Judas and Circe, travel the video poetry festival circuit. See resume at www.cmgross.com/pages/resume.htm for other accomplishments.
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3 Responses to Ich bin ein Jelly Donut…

  1. Julie says:

    I’ve done a bit of research on the “jelly donut” phrase and from the many articles i’ve read, Kennedy knew exactly what he was saying and it was well researched before the speech was given. In short the following is one of the more comprehensive explanations. “There is a misconception that Kennedy made a risible error by saying Ich bin ein Berliner (emphasis added): the claim is made that Kennedy referred to himself not as a “citizen of Berlin” but as a “jelly doughnut”, known in Berlin and Eastern Germany as a “Pfannkuchen” (“pancake”) but as “Berliner” [9][10] in the north, west and southwest and as “Krapfen” in the southeast of Germany and in Austria. Kennedy should, supposedly, have said Ich bin Berliner to mean “I am a person from Berlin”, and so adding the indefinite article ein to his statement implied he was a non-human Berliner, thus, “I am a jelly doughnut”. However, while the indefinite article ein is omitted when speaking of an individual’s profession or residence, it is still necessary when speaking in a figurative sense as Kennedy did. Since the President was not literally from Berlin but only declaring his solidarity with its citizens, “Ich bin ein Berliner” was not only correct, but the only way to express what the President wanted to say.”
    Another writes: ‘Kennedy’s famous line was penned by someone who was raised within Berlin itself and was an accomplished and highly regarded translator in his own right. In proclaiming “Ich bin ein Berliner,” therefore, JFK was no more referring to himself as a pastry than someone calling himself a “New Yorker” would have been understood by Americans as styling himself to be a magazine or a town car. Just as “I’m American” and “I’m an American” are both correct, so are “Ich bin ein Berliner” and “Ich bin Berliner.” (In fact, some German speakers would regard the former to be the more correct for someone who was speaking figuratively, as Kennedy was.”

    and on and on… Interesting to know.

  2. cherylgross says:

    Ich bin Jelly Donut. As you probably know we had one the other day. Gerd from PiPiFax treated us to our first berliner. Every person who visits Germany should have one…in solidarity.

  3. Julie says:

    I love Jelly Donuts. The Holy food of Chanukkah.

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