In the case of the linguistic minorities of Low German and Frisian, several Lander are involved, while the Sorbs, divided into two quite different dialects or rather languages, inhabit two Lander, one of which, Sachsen, seems more interested in the support of its High Sorbians, while the Land of Brandenburg is passive in its attitude to the weaker, and more complicated case of the Low Sorbians, who inhabit the watery and lignite-extracting areas of Eastern Brandenburg (Oeter, Walker 2006).
In the area around Cottbus/Chosebus south of Berlin, the Low Sorbian language is officially recognized, but the reality is one of language decay and partly language death.
However, critical elements within the various parties insisted on changes in certain provisions, e.g., concerning the protection of ethnic rights (only German citizens, such as Sorbians
and Danes, or also foreign workers and refugees?) and support for higher education institutions.
Almost every country in Europe has them: there are the Sorbians
in Germany, the Pomoks in Greece, the Cornish in England, the Maronites in Cyprus, the Sami in Scandinavia.
Brezan has long fought for recognition of and support for the Sorbians and their culture and, with his latest novella, suggests that one's history's cannot be ignored or forgotten; rather it must be accepted in its entirety, which means it must also be learned.
IN HIS RECENT NOVELLA DIE EINLADUNG, the Sorbian writer Jurij Brezan revives the figures from and reconnects to his critically acclaimed Hanusch trilogy (Der Gymnasiast, 1958; Das Semester der verlorenen Zeit, 1960; and Mannesjahre, 1964) to thematize and problematize East and West German history, the role of memory, and the German notion of Heimat.
The Sorbians are a Slavic minority who have lived in present-day Germany since the sixth century, in an area known as Lausatia in eastern Germany, between the rivers Oder and Neisse.
Despite these political changes, one aspect has remained constant in Brezan's literary life: his concern for his people, the Sorbians. The self-defined storyteller is recognized as the most influential and outspoken champion of Sorbian culture and literature, indeed of the survival of the Sorbian language.
The Sorbians are a Slavic minority who have lived in the Lausitz region for more than 1,500 years.
For those who have not heard of Brezan and may know little or nothing about the Sorbians, Ohne Pa[Beta] und Zoll provides an accessible introduction.
One of the most interesting hidden chapters of modern German history remains the story of the Sorbian communities of Upper and Lower Lusatia (Ober- and Niederlausitz) in the former East German states of Saxony and Brandenburg.
1936) is one of the premier Sorbian writers of our day.