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The Sorbs (also Lusatians or Lusatia Serbs) are a relatively small west Slavic people, living as a minority in the region known as Lusatia in the German states of Saxony and Brandenburg (in former GDR territory). They belong to the same language group as the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks and Kashubians, and are also known as Lusatian Serbs or Serbs of Luzice.


Since ethnicity is not a legal category in Germany for German citizens, their number can only be guessed. Current estimates speak of 20,000 to 30,000 active speakers of Sorbian (almost all of them are bilingual) and about 60,000 people who subjectively consider themselves Sorbs.


Historically, the Sorbs are the last remainder of the once-mighty Polabian Slavic peoples living in most of what is now eastern Germany until the high Middle Ages. Most Slavs in the area were Germanised or driven away during the German Drang nach Osten of the 12th and 13th centuries. The Sorbs have been a much-persecuted group of western Slavs, especially in Nazi Germany, which viewed Slavs as a people designed to be slaves for the Aryan race. In today's Germany they have certain minority rights, for example the right to send their children to Sorbian-language schools, the right to use Sorbian in dealings with local government, and the right to bilingual road signs.

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Toponyms

A number of toponyms in Eastern Germany have Slavic names, and some cities in south-eastern part of Germany even have name derived from "Sorbian," witnessing Sorbian ancestry of these territories. (See external link (in Serbian) (http://www.srpskidespot.org.yu/Tekstovi/IzvoriPolablje.htm))


Examples:

A lot of cities in the German Lausitz area have city signs with both the German and the Sorbian name.


Famous Sorbs

See also

External links

  • Sorbian Cultural Information (http://www.sorben.com/ski/) (also in English (http://www.sorben.com/ski/site/docs/english/index.htm))
  • Domowina (http://home.t-online.de/home/320051871311/dom.html), Sorbian umbrella organization
  • Sorbian internet portal (http://www.sorben-wenden.de/)
  • Project Rastko Lusatia (http://www.rastko.org.yu/rastko-lu/o/index.html) - Electronic library of Sorbian-Serbian cultural ties
  • Lower Sorbian Highschool (http://www.nsg-cottbus.de) (also in English (http://www.nsg-cottbus.de/?lang=en))

Sorbs is also the name of a commune in the Hérault département in France.


SORBS is additionally the Spam and Open Relay Blocking System


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Lusatian culture at AllExperts (792 words)
The purple area is the Lusatian culture, the central blue area is the Knoviz culture, the red area is the central urnfield culture, and the orange area is the northern urnfield culture.
It is contemporaneous with the Urnfield culture that is found from eastern France via southern Germany and Austria to Hungary and the Nordic Bronze Age in northwestern Germany and Scandinavia.
In Poland, the Lusatian culture is taken to span part of the Iron Age as well (the is only a terminological difference) and is succeeded by the Pomeranian culture.
Lusatian_State (7936 words)
One of the reasons why Lusatian politicians decided not to tear off their ties with Germany was that the Lusatian Sorbs - unlike Poles, Czechs and Slovaks - did not have any significant protectors in the West.
Bart had no idea about the real state of the Lusatian issues and organised on the 22nd of February 1919 mass demonstration during which he ensured gathered people that the question of independent Lusatia is already won and that all politicians are working on ensuring the prosperity of the future state.
Lusatian settlements are mixed with German, they do not constitute some close, compact areas where Sorbian would be in majority or the only language spoken (although there are some areas, like Upper Lusatian catholic region of Rozant, where Sorbian language is still actively used and where proportion of Germans to Sorbs is not that unfavourable),
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