December 15 – Paul August Johann Schult

Last year I really only had one entry for this day. In the meantime I did some research and even have options for this day :)

But let’s start with the historical events for today. One of my most favourite ever: on December 15, 1939 the movie “Gone with the wind” celebrates its premiere in Atlanta as the most expensive movie ever til that time. The movie got 10 Oscars and until today it is the most commercial successful movie of all times!

And one of the worst ever!!! The totally annoying “Last Christmas” from Wham! is published by EPIC Records on December 15, 1984. Please people, stop putting this song on the air!

And now meet one of my options for December 15 on my family tree.

We meet my 4th cousin twice removed. Paul August Johann SCHULT was born in Pinnow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany on December 15, 1924.

He is the so far only known child of the cottager Karl August Ernst Hans SCHULT from Pinnow and his wife Elli Auguste Elise FRAHM, a farmer’s daughter from Boienhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

But the poor boy died just 6 days later on December 21, 1924 – of cramps as it is stated in his death records.

He got laid to rest on christmas’ eve, December 24, 1924 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin – his mother’s parish.

December 8 – Sophia Ditz

On December 8, 1955 the European Council decides on its emblem: til today the blue flag with 12 golden stars is known as symbol of the European Union.

And beware of the typo. It was December 8, 2005 when a trader in Toyko got the order to sell one share of the company J-Com for the price of 610,000 yen. But instead he sold 610,000 shares for one yen each. “The most expensive typo of all times” created a financial damage of abt. 300 mn Euro.

On my family tree we go way back into the year 1792. That’s the year Sophia DITZ was born on December 8 in the parish of Hohenkirchen, Grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

I don’t have any information on her parents, so cannot tell if she had siblings either.

She was married to Johann Christian BÖTTCHER, a day labourer from Schildberg, Grandduchy Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

So far I’ve found three children for the couple, born between 1813 and 1819:

  • Maria * May 14, 1813
  • Johann * October 10, 1814
  • Hans Carl Christoph * July 11, 1819

The 1819 census shows her living with her husband and the three children in Degtow, Grandduchy Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

And that is the last trace I have of her. Couldn’t find a death record for her yet.

 

 

December 7 – Sophia Catharina Warnke

Happy Birthday Delaware!!

On December 7, 1787 Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

And a big an moving day in German-Polish history. On December 7, 1970 the Treaty of Warsaw was signed by the German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his polish counterpart, the Prime Minister Józef Cyrankiewicz at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, accepting the Oder-Neiße-line as existing German-Polish border. It is the basis of the normalization for the relationship between Germany and Poland following WWII.

On the same day, Willy Brandt got down to his knees in front of the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This gesture’s today known as “Warschauer Kniefall“.

On my family tree we meet my 3rd great grand aunt Sophia Catharina WARNKE who was born on December 7, 1835 in Kastahn, Grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. She was the seventh of ten children of my 4th great grandparents Gottlieb Heinrich Christian WARNKE, a farmer in Kastahn and his wife Catharina Dorothea née QUALMANN.

She received her baptism on December 9, 1835 in Diedrichshagen, the main village of the parish. At the same church she got confirmed into the lutheran religion on March 24, 1850.

Unfortunately, she died very young, working as a housekeeper in her home village. At the age of 25 she suffered a hemoptysis.

She died on November 19, 1861 in Kastahn and got laid to rest on November 25, 1861 on the church cemetary of Diedrichshagen.

 

November 23 – Hans Carl Christian Koop

George Gershwin’s musical “Funny Face” premieres on November 23, 1927 in New York.

And on November 23, 1963 the longest running show on global televison “Dr. Who” starts with the first episode “An Unearthly Child“.

And on my family tree we meet Hans Carl Christian KOOP who died on this day in 1879 in Upahl, grandduchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany – being 81 years of age. That is quit a biblical age for that time!

death certificate Hans Carl Christian Koop

death certificate Hans Carl Christian Koop

His son Joachim KOOP registered his father’s death one day later with the officials.

According to the age given on the death certificate he was born 1798 or 1799 in Rüting, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

What else can we take as information from his death certificate?

He was married. The name of his wife is given with Sophia née SUHRBIER. From a birth certificate I found for one of their children, I know her full name is Maria Elisabeth Elsabe Sophia SUHRBIER.

I found a census record for 1867 where he is given as a small farmer. 1875 when his son married he already handed is farm over to the next generation, living as a retiree with the family.

Volkstrauertag – Der Wald der Erinnerungen

Am heutigen Volkstrauertag gedenken wir Deutschen unserer Gefallenen und in Kriegen vermissten.

Und passend zu diesem Tag haben Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck und Bundesverteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen “Den Wald der Erinnerung” eingeweiht.

Leider lässt die Bundeswehr keine Einbettung ihrer Videos zu, von daher findet Ihr hier zwei Links zum Wald der Erinnerung.

Einweihung: http://youtu.be/QvRtvKfRBM8?list=PL72E0F0C49A83DE85

Eine schöne Doku: http://youtu.be/pvgJpcfgN1g?list=PL72E0F0C49A83DE85

Und ich persönlich gedenke:

  • Hauptwachtmeister Friedrich Wilhelm Bernhard Schmidt + 06.03.1945 in Perwilten, Ostpreussen
  • Major Hans Rockenstroh genannt Traxdorf + 09.05.1945
  • Bootsmaat Harry Tylinski + 14.03.1943 in der Strasse von Kertsch
  • Egon Tylinski – verlor sein Leben auf See
  • Grenadier Hans Joachim Christian Hagedorn + 26.04.1918 in Hangard, Frankreich
  • Unteroffizier Hans August Albert Körner + 25.03.1917 in Lens, Frankreich
  • Unteroffizier der Reserve Paul Friedrich Wilhelm Körner + 20.11.1917 in Cambrai, Frankreich
  • Füsilier Willi Johann Hans Qualmann + 20.11.1917 südlich Ribecourt, Frankreich
  • Kanonier Hermann Joachim Heinrich Westphal + 06.09.1914 in Esternay, Frankreich

The Christmas Truce

I admit that I shameless borrowed this idea from NikiMarie over at “My People in History” but I found her last blog really touching that I just had to take up the new Sainsbury christmas ad.

Yes can you believe it? Not even end of November and the christmas stuff gets dusted. But this time I don’t mind. I love this year’s christmas ad from the retailer Sainsbury here in the UK. It is about the christmas truce during WWI in 1914. Yes it is an ad – but it tells a beautiful story. A human story of WWI. And the ad has been created in cooperation with the Royal British Legion and military historians.

Based on letters and diaries with the help of military historians Sainsbury reconstructed the story of christmas eve and day in 1914 between the German and English troops.

And there are two videos on youtoube going along with this ad, and they are so much worth watching!

The Story behind the ad:

And “the making of”:

 

25 Jahre Mauerfall – nur ein paar Gedanken dazu

Wir wohnten damals im Zonengrenzbezirk.. oder hiess es Zonenrandbezirk? Naja, egal. Auf alle Fälle auf der Westseite in “Sichtweite” der Grenze. Und mein Papa hat sich immer einen Spaß draus gemacht uns zu ärgern. Wenn wir ein Ortsschild passiert haben, wo das drunter stand, kam prompt die Frage, ob wir denn unsere Ausweise mitgenommen hätten, ohne kämen wir nicht mehr zurück. Das erste Mal haben wir uns noch erschrocken.. danach kam mehr ein grinsendes “Jaja, Papa”..aber er konnte es nicht lassen und wir haben jedes Mal drauf gewartet.

Ich war 16 Jahre alt, als die Mauer fiel. Wenn man mich 3 Monate vorher gefragt hätte, ob das passieren könne, hätte ich mit einem lauten “Nein” geantwortet.

Wer hätte denn aber auch gedacht, dass die Ereignisse sich im Herbst 1989 so überschlagen? Ich auf keinen Fall!

Eine friedliche Revolution, wie man es heute nennt. Keine einzige Gewaltaktion, kein Schuss ist gefallen, keine Toten. Ich wünschte, davon würden sich heute einige eine Scheibe abschneiden.

Ein ganzes Land war euphorisch in diesen Tagen. Ich glaube, an dem Tag selber hat keiner so richtig begriffen, was das für unser Land, für Europa und die Welt bedeutet. Die Erkenntnis kam erst später, als Geschichte sich selbst überholte.

Am 9. November 1989 wurde eine Kettenreaktion in Gang gesetzt, die keiner mehr aufzuhalten vermocht hätte.

Leider hat der Mensch eine kurze Erinnerungsspanne und vergisst sehr schnell. Deswegen hörte man in den letzten 25 Jahren auch viel Gejammer von wegen “früher war alles besser”, “was das alles kostet” oder “das sind alles meine Steuergelder”.. blablabla..

Und nein, ich lasse mich auch nicht über die jüngsten Wahlergebnisse aus.. denn wisst Ihr was? Unter anderem genau deswegen sind die Menschen vor 25 Jahren in Leipzig auf die Strasse gegangen: um frei wählen zu können. Egal, ob mir das nun passt oder nicht.

Und für mich war es im Rückblick das alles wert!

Ich wünsche uns allen einen schönen Jahrestag, egal wo wir sind! Und ich bin wirklich stolz auf uns!

P.S. aber könntet Ihr jetzt bitte den Soli auf ALLE Bundesländer verteilen? :)