March 31, 2009

Can you tell me? Transylvania and Dracula

True or False?

Dracula was born in Transylvania

True or False?

The German Saxons of the area did not like him, and wrote negatively about him.

True or False?

The West has a more negative view of him whereas in the East, such as Russia, the view is more positive.

Why do you think that the Transylvanian Saxons viewed Vlad Dracul in such a negative light?
I think it is because he was a leader with whom they did not identify and that their culture was different than that of Vlad's. Perhaps there was the issue of money, which caused friction between the merchants and Vlad...

Any comments?

March 30, 2009

Anybody can find a good dracula?

Can anybody find me a good picture of Dracula?

I'd love to write my little heart out on his exploits but I am needed a good picture or two.

Comments please!

What I do know is that according to Saxons of Transylvania Vlad Tepes Dracul (Dracula) was born in Transylvania and became the "heartless" Prince of Wallachia.

I'm a Saxon by ancestry, but I wonder about that commentary. The Romanians don't seem to have as much hate for him. In fact tehy put in in a more positive light.

Of course they admit that he did commit many--let's be politically correct here-- human right violation our the course of his reign but still he did help with the fight against the Turks.

I wonder if there is another side to the man that the Western population is not getting from their sources.

It's also a great time to sit down and read Bram Stoker's Dracula again, as I am trying to get something good from that as well.

March 29, 2009

Transylvania in Austia

The grey section is the land that Austria had during at the end of its Empire.

It is good to note that Transylvania is part of Austria-Hungary-- that was what the Empire was known as. It was located close to the Romanian border.

Transylvania was part of Hungary, which was the Kingdom of Hungary in the Empire. This was before... World War I.

No, the land is not found in Africa, which was one of the questions I've been asked!

Transylvania in Austria

What part of Austria was Transylvania located in?

The Northern part of the Southern part?

Or not at all?

March 28, 2009

Transylvania on My Mind

I wonder why people are making an issue of deaths of just about anything. At least these days, and with a groups of people far away from their own lives.

Short term memory I suppose. After the end of the Second World War, people from Poland, the Czech Republic and The Slovak Republic left by the hundreds of thousands the result being that many of the cities were under populated for decades.

It also happened in Hungary and Romania. So, the effect was wide spread.

They were all ordinary people, whose only common link was that they were Germans, at least by their origins. All of their unique cultures are now extinct or almost extinct.

Where is the History? In oral traditions

March 27, 2009

So Close to Transylvania

As I write about the history of the Transylvania Saxons I wonder why they needed to leave. Why would a war make them leave?

They lived in their homes for more than seven hundred years. They had their farms and their vineyards.

They lost everything.

Now even their culture is dying. I suspect that in about a generation- twenty years or so, the people will have lost everything that they lived and worked so hard for. Their culture, as with so many others will be dead.

So then why the book?

Well, my goal is 60 days until I can make some timid changes from the point of View of people who lived through the Second World War.

Will this be another case of a revived culture?

March 26, 2009

Transylvania in the Present.

The most sure thing that I can say is that Transylvania is in Romania.

How much of its past is left remains to be found out. Remember it is found in Roman writings although it would be hard to believe that things might change so much.

March 25, 2009

Missing Home

This is one old church of the Saxons.
What about their village? well it was around the church,and the church was the building which people could see from the hills that they worked.
I wonder what it was like to be inside such a building,as it was not made of wood, but of bricks and mortar,and then with white plaster outside.
Much like the houses. The people knew how to build them back then.

March 21, 2009

Transylvania and People

Where would you find the most history about Transylvania?  Would it be in Transylvania or elsewhere?  Most of the historical documents are found in Romania, Hungary and Moscow.  Not all are found in Transylvania itself.

Beyond the legends and the time of the Romans?  There is Dacia, and the Roman invasion, Dracula and the novel.  But there are also the people, the places.  Browning, the English poet, wrote about one such group-- the Saxons, who lived in Transylvania.  (Some still do but most live in North America or Germany now.)

Translyvania is a unique and wonderful place.

March 17, 2009

Where was Transylvania During The Wars? Which Country Was Transylvania a Part of?

Where was Transylvania during the First World War?

In the Kingdom of Hungary. Hungary was a part of the Austrian Empire or as it was known as: the Dual Monarchy of Austria and Hungary. The Kingdom of Hungary was known as this long after the dissolution of the monarchy, an interesting fact considering that its King Charles and Queen Zita were the Emperors of Austria. Until after the Second World war it was called the Kingdom of Hungary-- but it did not have a King.

Where was Transylvania during the Second World War?

Romania and Hungary. In 1940 it was divided into two parts with the Northern half going to Hungary and the Southern remaining in Romania.

A Image of Where Northern Transylvania was 1940

And we wonder why Transylvania is a bit romantic and different. We should know by its history. I am one of them who feel that Transylvania has a lot more to offer people than what is now available to them. Part of this is the understanding that there was many territorial changes between the principality of Transylvania, which became a part of Hungary and then a part of the Empire of Auto-Hungary and then a part of the Kingdom of Romania.

Yet, many people do not view territory in a historical light but rather in a political one, where who has which territory is more important than the history behind it all.

March 16, 2009

The Shield

Here is the answer:

Seven castles is the sign for the seven major cities in the Saxons' Transylvania.

The blue, red and yellow are for the Saxons flag. And for the Romanian flag

March 11, 2009

Found Tranyslvanian Shield

On my many searcher in the web I did finally find something I've been looking for:
The shield of the Transylvanian Saxons, in most of the correct colours.
You tell me what does it all mean?

March 9, 2009

Transylvania and A map.

I think I found a very decent picture of Vlad Tepes (Dracula)...
But I am not sure... does this really look like a vampire?  No, this is simply a man who was a minor prince, or warlord in the area of what would become known as Romania.

If so where does the legend come from?

Pictures Please

Can someone tell me the best website for getting good pics of Transylvania?

March 6, 2009

100 near...

So where does Transylvania go from here now that it is primarily a tourist attraction?

There is so much more to learn then that is one wants to be a tourist...

March 3, 2009

Options For Romania

I wonder how Romania could make the land great as it once was.

Not better tourism. More history... But that is a lot...

Maybe the acknowledgement of the other non-Romanians might go a long way.

Queen Maria was German- English.
What about others who were educated outside Romania?

This land could be great once more.

March 2, 2009

Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

If Transylvania had a yellow brick road where would it lead?

(This would be for the North American Audience)