How can I impress my university professors

"Who was this Jasper anyway?"

My friend looks at me questioningly. Yesterday she arrived in Braunschweig - she is visiting me over the weekend so that I can finally show her my new home. Motivated, we set off on Saturday morning with a coffee to go. It is only a few steps to our first stop: Jasperallee. This is where I arrived in Braunschweig, this is where I moved into my first apartment and this is where my love for the Lion City was awakened: a street with chic old buildings and a spacious green strip in the middle, on which numerous trees live up to the name “Allee”.

I can also get my girlfriend excited about it, but only for a short time. She is curious: “Who was this Jasper?” She studied history and is always interested in historical details. Since it is not the first time that we have explored a city together and I know that you are hungry for knowledge, I have prepared myself well: An extended city walk brings us closer to Braunschweig's history. Conveniently, there is a lot of information about Braunschweig cultural monuments directly on site - on so-called BLIK (Braunschweiger Leit- und Informationssystem für Kultur) signs.

In addition, in Braunschweig, small information boards directly under many street signs inform about their namesake, as I am grateful to note. So I can confidently answer my friend's question with a look at the street sign on Jasperallee: “Dr. Heinrich Jasper became Braunschweig Prime Minister in 1919 and remained so with interruptions until 1930. He died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. “A point for me!

Education in passing is the name of the Braunschweig Community Foundation's project, in which “sign sponsors” use donations to finance additional signs that explain the street name. The donor decides which street will be equipped with it. Historian Dr. Ulrich Ludewig: He researches, advises and writes the text for the sign, which the community foundation will then put up in cooperation with the city of Braunschweig. 13 streets could be provided with additional information in this way. Many more are already planned and financed.

The term "rough feet" was used to describe court servants who protected their noble stockings with gaiters.
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"Wow." I can definitely impress my girlfriend with that, not for the last time that day. Now we are heading towards the city center. The Burgplatz with the Brunswick Lion, framed by the Dankwarderode Castle and the St. Blasii Cathedral, should not be missing on any city tour. On the way we pass the Ruhfäutchenplatz, where I can shine again with my insider knowledge: “This is the Ruhfäutchenplatz, by the way. The street name goes back to the term rough feet, which was used to describe court servants who protected their noble stockings with gaiters. ”The community foundation does not only provide signs that are named after people with additional signs. Geographical and ancient names are also explained. "How do you know something like that?", My friend wonders, while I pull her on with a smile and change the subject - I would like to boast a little about my background knowledge.

Historian and university professor Georg Eckert founded the international institute for textbook research in Braunschweig.
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But that doesn't get me very far: on the way to the Magniviertel, my girlfriend surprises me. I am just about to explain the background to Georg-Eckert-Strasse to her when she interrupts me: “Georg Eckert was a historian and university professor. He also founded the Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, which, by the way, is named after him. ”Now I can only jam:“ Why do you know so much about him? ”My friend laughs:“ I don't know. But I can read too. "Damn, blown, I think to myself, but then laugh with her:" Braunschweig sometimes just explains itself. "

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