~ Stoßt an, Jena soll leben ~
Jena is a famous city in east-central Germany which was an old university town where Napoleon defeated the Prussians on his way to Moscow in 1806. Many of the university students joined von Lützow in the resistance to the French and were known as the Schwarze Jäger (Black Hunters or Riflemen) (note the students black uniform) and helped defeat the French in 1813. The Burschenschaftsdenkmal (Student Fraternity Monument) is at Jena and is the site of the first Burschenschaft (student fraternity) which was formed in 1815 in order to help with the German Unification. The verse then should be considered the Jena student's motto. The Jugendstil (youth style = modern art) stein is marked with the Merkelbach & Wick logo, ca. early 1900's.
Stoßt an, Jena soll leben! Push on, Jena shall live on!
Translation: Roy De Selms
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