Heimatverein and Berlin’s Ridderlaug invite you to a tasting day

Jueterbog.To greet chivalrous friends and do what knights like best, namely to fight with them, Jörg Podzuweit could this weekend. Every year on the Prince’s Day, the leader of the local history association “Jüterboger Land” slips into the role of the Brandenburg Knight Kulmule. As not only he, but also the members of the village guard recruited from the home club lack fighting experience, he has now secured support from the capital knights. One Saturday afternoon, the meadow in front of the Nikolaikirche was turned into an army camp.

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Long line from Jüterbog to Berlin

Hake-Podzuweit and his new friends showed perseverance as they prepared for the first meeting together. “We met for the first time just over a year ago to talk about how we could work together,” said Thomas Berliner, whose sons Frank and Volker founded the Knights’ Guild in 2005, which now has 150 performers. In his position as head of organization / network, which does not sound much like the Middle Ages, Thomas Berliner is always looking for new partners. That it took so long was due to the corona pandemic.

Although the swords are blunt: swinging the heavy iron is anything but a child’s play.

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The collaboration, which was agreed with a chivalrous handshake, is intended as a win-win situation for those involved. “Almost every weekend we are booked with at least one event both days. We are always looking for other active people to be able to fill them,” says Berliner. Podzuweit, on the other hand, would be happy if a proper city guard came together at least on Prince’s Day.

Touch and application were expressly permitted at the Knights' Guild's booth.

Touch and application were expressly permitted at the Knights’ Guild’s booth.

If Jüterbog were to join as the seventh army division, both would benefit, as one could then provide each other with personal assistance. Although Podzuweit did not hide his disappointment at the sparse response, Thomas Berliner was quite pleased with the result of the tasting day with well over 50 people eager to see and try things.

It also took time in Trebbin

“Something like that just takes time,” says the organization leader. “It took years at our location in Trebbin. And your home club has a large number of focal points in terms of content where knights have so far played no role at all,” Berliner urges his Jüterboger knight brother.

The shields with Berlin's Ridderlaug's coat of arms are decorative, but also heavy.

The shields with Berlin’s Ridderlaug’s coat of arms are decorative, but also heavy.

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For the approximately 30 men, women and children in the Knights’ Guild, the Jüterbog excursion was both membership recruitment and training. Any member can take part in the training, regardless of whether their regular army is located at one of the two Berlin or one of the four Brandenburg locations.

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“The process is the same everywhere, but we have to practice in the interaction,” Berliner explains. The large catapults that can throw four kilos of granite blocks 100 meters, the cavalry and the crossbow shooters were not there in Jüterbog. The demonstrations were limited to showing battles with swords and shields and shooting with bow and arrow.

The rubber stopper on the arrowhead is a modern invention designed to prevent injuries during combat.

The rubber stopper on the arrowhead is a modern invention designed to prevent injuries during combat.

“It’s fun, but it’s also pretty exhausting, so I can save myself the training in the future,” Benjamin Hartwig said after a test match. Jüterbogeren wants to be part of the city guard training in the future.

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Jüter books should cut a fine figure

Anyone who wants to take it easy and cut a good figure with pike and halibut is also welcome. “But we are looking for actors of all kinds, for a knight’s camp was always like a moving village, where there were craftsmen, innkeepers, prostitutes and other characters in addition to fighters,” Berliner announces on his own behalf.

You can contact the local club on 03372/40 15 30 or via e-mail to [email protected]

By Uwe Klemens

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