GW: Yes, especially when one compares the situation of the Sorbians and their language with the situations of Scottish, Welsh, and Irish Gaelic in Great Britain.
It is possible that the Lower Sorbians are a bit more Prussian.
GW: (Laughs) The Sorbians have lived in Lausatia since the sixth century.
After the war, we Sorbians demanded that the Germans stop using the word Wenden in social and political discourse.
GW: After the Nazis seized political control of Germany in 1933, they initiated a plan to suppress systematically the Sorbians and their cultural expression.
We did not have an ideology and only wanted to protect ourselves as Sorbians.
Why did high-ranking East German politicians suppress the Sorbians in those years, and what factors or events led to a gradual policy shift in 1948-497?
The Soviets and the above-mentioned East German politicians, however, had no understanding of many of the issues facing the Germans and Sorbians in Lausatia.
Most Sorbians were religious and belonged to either the Catholic or the Lutheran Church.
GW: I also read that many Sorbians were disappointed that the leadership of Domowina did not protest more vehemently against the coal mines and their effects.
Sorbians debated this issue quite fiercely with one another.
GW: Since German reunification in 1990, there have been renewed efforts on behalf of the German government to increase support of Sorbian culture and language and to guarantee all Sorbians their political and social rights.
Kaiser Wilhelm I called the Sorbians "a jagged stake in the body of the German people," and Bismarck attempted as best he could to remove this stake.
GW: What are the greatest challenges facing the Sorbians and their culture in the twenty-first century?
GW: Do you have any suggestions how the Federal Republic of Germany can support the Sorbians more effectively?