January 31, 2009

To Live

What does it take to live in a mountainous region?

January 28, 2009

Germany so Far Away...

Germany was far from Transylvania as was most other major cities.

Name three: Vienna, Budapest, and Bucharest.

Others?

Bohemia, Saxony, Munich, Rome....

The main major cities had no more than 20,000 people living there,

January 25, 2009

2 paragraphs or less

I am writing a book on the veterans of World War II from Transylvania.

Their lives and experiences and memories.

January 23, 2009

Hope

Is there hope for this past life?

Do the people of Transylvania really need to be heard?

In The Event

In the Event of the Second World War, the Saxons were pawns to large countries, but then so were millions of others.

I don't understand why it happened, but hen so don't millions of others, what happened was that people died needlessly because of events that happened years before.

Pain and Suffering and not thinking of others is what happens.

Why the pain?

I don';t know but history should be made to tell its stories.

January 20, 2009

Yes There Is

Then we wouldn't have Lysol.

We wouldn't have some generals and other people.

We wouldn't have the reformation in Transylvania.

Think the Saxons were needed?

January 16, 2009

Comments please

What do you think?


Living in different regions, including several countries within Europe, and in parts of Russia, there was a common thread, which held a group of diverse people together. Often these people had different traditions and backgrounds as well as different dialects of one language. These people had different feelings towards their ancestral homeland, and they would relate to it in different ways, because of these feelings. Yet, it was their ancestral homeland, which would, in the twentieth century, both unite and affect them in unimaginable ways. They were all of Germanic background and migrated to their new homelands, in many instances, centuries prior to the formation of the German Empire in 1871. At the conclusion First World War, these diverse people received a new name, the Volksdeutsche from the German government. This name would affect their standing within their own countries, and would require them to look at their history and that of Germany in a different light.

January 10, 2009

Explusion Or Refugee?

When people left their homes due to war, they are generally refugees.

This was not the case with Transylvanian Saxons or the Hungarians or Swabians of the Banat Region.

They were ordered to leave but lost everything.

January 8, 2009

A Story

Would you like to hear a story?

A Long time ago there was a large Empire and they had many Emperors and they longed to expand. They did so with ease to start until later. The Empire grew to big and the outer lads were populated with their settlers.

After defeats the Empire started to fall in on itself and crumble, causing rifts and fractures and new lands.

Some settlers returned to the mother city and others stayed to defend the land-- one of them Dacia.

From Dacia came the people of Wallachia and Transylvania the land that divided itself from Dacia... perhaps not the settles from the Empire... but

when in Rome....

January 7, 2009

Sumbling Through Paper History

From time top time I stumble upon an old bit of paper, which I would normally throw away. Except being my father's daughter I have to look at each piece I throw out or recycle to see if it's important.

This was.

It is the end of the Transylvania Saxons in Romania, as they were all leaving for Germany. It was because they were to poor, it was to hard, people were dying. And to my amazed eyes, this article was in Time magazine.

Along with it was a piece written by my mother hoping to write about the Saxons of Transylvania. Which is what I am doing now. For some reason this gives me hope. Maybe because through my little book some history will come alive.

I am also wanting to write a bit on the Hungarians of the area. I have contacted the Consulate General of Hungary in Vancouver and still no such luck. One day.

January 6, 2009

The Difference of Times

I hear quite a bit of "Back in the day" or "When i was your age"

I know... They were married and having children and working on the farms and in the vineyards of Transylvania. I am nothing but a city girl. I so not live on a farm, or anywhere near one for what matter.

So, when they were my age and back about 50 years ago, things were different. I can see how much by how the "I don't remember" happen less frequently for me than for my parents, aunts or uncles.

Transylvania of the Saxons, the one they talk about is almost dead. There are few who live there and even fewer who want to go back.

The times are different yes, but in the process the past is forgotten.

January 4, 2009

The Last Outpost

I suspect that many people will not think of Transylvania as an outpost.

It was, and in many ways still is, one of the last outposts to get to the East or to the West.

There were not enough people and to help a king of Hungary always was asking groups of people to come and protect the area. It was a large area and if it was a part of Hungary today would probably take up a third of new territory.

Still if it was an outpost what made it special?

The people. The mountains. The land.

The access to Rome.Vienna, Budapest, and other areas in Western Europe.

It still has many ancient cities and a long history. I am fascinated by it.

January 3, 2009

Romania Where art thou?

I am busy sending out letters to the Consulate Generals of Hungary, Romania, Russia and Germany.

This far I received a response back to from the Consulate General of Germany, who send me some wonderful books about German History.

They were perfect not only did I get an idea where the people-- the Saxons of Transylvania-- cam from but why they went back.

Now to hear form the other means that i will have a better outline on my book.

I wish that Leon were here to edit my writing To bad Joesph, Sam, Roy and Paul don't comment as often as I'd like.

Feel free to add where you think i should next ask about the Saxons of Transylvania.

January 2, 2009

Where Did My Heart Go?

I lost my heart.

I found it again in the memories of the Saxons who lived in Transylvania. I've been on the edge of a knife since i know it is "uncool" to think of talking or even writing about Germans in Transylvania especially during the war.

But what of the people suffering under others? I think many forgot that the poor people were exactly like them poor.

People also forget that the risk of dying in the field of battle was equal to any man and most who died still lie where they fell.

My Heart went back in time, but I found it.