In the 19th century, thousands of people from the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach emigrated to America, Australia, Canada, Columbia, and elsewhere.
What really happened during the 19th century in an ordinary town in the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach is the subject of the book Goodbye Forever – Life Beyond Germany.
Information about emigration from the town of Tiefenort has been collected for the past ten years and is now presented in English for the first time. Tiefenort is representative of similar emigration patterns found in many other villages and towns of the region. Authentic historical accounts are reproduced and illustrated through original German newspaper clippings from the local press. Letters between relatives in Germany and America and reports from the town treasury give the reader a special understanding of the time of these emigrations, in particular the hardships of the era and the euphoria felt by many emigrants upon finding a better life abroad. Excerpts from ship manifests, family trees, and a detailed analysis of local emigration between 1840 and 1900 make this book even more unique.
Publication: May 2017
Thank you, Astrid for all the research and work that has made this book so readable and enjoyable. I enjoyed reading about the various families. I also appreciated learning about the reasons behind the emigrations. The US history includes sections about those who immigrated but little about the 'why'. You paint graphic pictures of years of drought, flooding, late snow that destroyed crops. I can now appreciate the deep mud that hampered travel, the contaminated wells that contributed to the high infant mortality, and the role the government played in the daily lives of the people.
This is an excellent sequel to "Our Ancestors were German." (That book left me in awe of my grandfather, his parents, and siblings who emigrated in 1892. I cannot imagine making that voyage with young children then trying to settle in a country whose language and customs you did not know.)
Again, Thank you!
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