East German nostalgia in a jar

I spent 15 wonderful years in Germany. Much of that time was spent in Leipzig (East Germany) eating this wonderful dish. There wasn’t a ‘grill abend’ without it.

Spoonfuls of Germany

Letscho

One of my favorite scenes in the great German movie Good Bye Lenin is when the main character Alex, a young man who in the last days of the crumbling GDR takes care of his gravely ill mother, fills West German pickled cucumbers into old East German jars to keep the illusion of the GDR alive, because any further upset could be a fatal blow to his mother, a staunch supporter of the ruling regime.

25 years after the Berlin Wall fell, the longing for the lost goodies, edibles and others, of the former East Germany is not that far from reality. It even has its own name: “Ostalgie”, the nostalgia for the East.

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