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In May, 2000, and in May, 2002, John and Eleanor Blankenbaker traveled to Germany and Austria to visit villages from which our Germanna ancestors immigrated.  This page contains photos taken in Schwaigern, Germany.
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(Photos of German and Austrian Villages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 John BLANKENBAKER.)
(Photos of German and Austrian Villages Web Pages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 George W. DURMAN.)


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Photos of Schwaigern, Germany




Schwaigern Church Front

Schwaigern Church Front

The Schwaigern Church front is partially obscured by trees, but the brown stones and the green trees are a beautiful contrast.
(May, 2000)
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Schwaigern Church Tower

Schwaigern Church Tower

The Church in Schwaigern is very hard to photograph because of buildings next to it.  At 4:30 PM, one can get a good view of the tower from the side of the Church.
(May, 2000)
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Schwaigern Inn

Schwaigern Inn

The inn shown here, owned by the von Neippergs, is where John and Eleanor stayed in Schwaigern.
(May, 2000)
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Schwaigern von Neipperg Residence

Schwaigern von Neipperg Residence

The residence of the von Neipperg family is adjacent to the church.  This residence, the church, the Rathaus (City Hall), and an inn, all face onto a small square.  The Stadtkeller (winery) is across the street.

(Note from SgtGeorge:  "Keller" translates to "cellar" in English.  Wineries, even though not always in "cellars" these days, are still known by that name.)
(May, 2000)
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Schwaigern Memorial Death List from World War I

Schwaigern Death List

It is unfortunate that we have to read the names of cousins in this context, namely as a list of the dead in World War I.  But, a student of the ancestry of Johann Michael Willheit will recognize many of these names.  Some of the names occur in other families.  Germanna "names" include Spaeth, Boger, Reiner, Mock, Behringer, and perhaps Willet.

(Note from SgtGeorge:  Even though these cousins were on the "opposing" side in WWI, we cannot help but feel compassion for them, and cannot help but feel anger for the circumstances which pitted cousin against cousin, and brother against brother, FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY!  As the song goes, "When Will We Ever Learn, When Will We Ever Learn?")

(This plaque lists those who were killed in 1917 and 1918, and, under the heading "Vermisste", lists those who were "Missing In Action".)
(May, 2000)
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Large Scale Map of Germany, Showing Schwaigern

Schwaigern Location on Map

This is a map from MapQuest that shows the location of Schwaigern in relationship to Stuttgart, Pforzheim, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Würzburg, Darmstadt, and Frankfurt.  Schwaigern is located where the red star is in the middle of the map.  Note that it is just about 10 Kilometers outside Heilbronn, which John has mentioned many times in his Notes.
(May, 2000)
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Smaller Scale Map of Germany, Showing Schwaigern

Schwaigern Location on Map

This is another map from MapQuest that shows the location of Schwaigern in relationship Heilbronn.
(May, 2000)
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NOTE !!!!!

(Photos of German and Austrian Villages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 John BLANKENBAKER.)
(Photos of German and Austrian Villages Web Pages, Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 George W. DURMAN.)
(While we allow downloading of these pictures for your enjoyment, and for personal genealogical uses, they are copyrighted material and commercial use of them is FORBIDDEN.)

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