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Cultural Heritage Fighting in World War I and World War II my grandfather and great-grandfather were fighting for more than American pride They were fighting for more personal or cultural reasons My family name is Derwinski and is of Prussian decent The Germans and the Russians persecuted the Prussians Prussians were strictly Protestants with high moral and ethnic standards For centuries Prussia was a safe haven for people persecuted for their religious beliefs Between 1685 and 1715 500000 French Protestants known as Huguenots immigrated into Prussia From this time on the Prussians started a culture that was time and time again attempted at being destroyed but lived on Frederick II was known as The Great King of Prussia His reign was from 1740-86 and was considered among the most notable of enlightened despots in 18th century Europe Frederick was born in Berlin on January 24 1712 son of King Frederick William I and grandson of Frederick I Encarta He was crown prince and was trained under his father to become a soldier or an administrator However he was more interested in courtly life music and French literature This came from the influence of his mother Sophia Dorothea of Hannover Frederick William failing to understand the tastes of his son developed an open dislike for him Encarta Frederick at the age of 18 decided to leave and go to England He was arrested and lost his status of crown prince In 1733 Frederick consented to marriage and was reinstated the position as crown prince He studied philosophy history and poetry and published several books Prussia went through several reconstructions In the 13th c they became victims of the aggression of the German Order which had a task to Christianize them Maziulis The Old Prussians went through a 90-year resistance from the crusade of West Europe Old Prussian traditions and folklore lain down the foundation to integrate traditions and folklore of later inhabitants of
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