Re: [S-R] A thank you to the members
- Hi Ginny,
No, I have not forgotten you and Kniesen. Hope to see you at one of our
Carpathian German meetings in Danbury (odd years) or Philadelphia (even
years). Many Zipser are there.
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From: "ginny schulze" <geoandgin@...>
Sent: Monday, July 05, 2004 2:14 PM
Subject: [S-R] A thank you to the members
Hi, I have returned from the most wonderful trip to Slovakia. And I want to
say thank you to so many of you. Without the help of this web site and many
of you, this trip would never have been possible.
It started about two years ago with a 1926 black and white postcard from
‘Kniesen’. We only knew that the village of Kniesen, was somewhere in the
Austro-Hungarian Empire and was mostly a German settlement. My grandmother,
Julianna (Julia) Raab Novojovszky was born there in 1879 and left in 1892
for Philadelphia. My grandfather, Carolus Hobor (Charles) was born there in
1877 and left in 1902 also for Philadelphia. One of my grandmother’s
brothers returned in 1926 and sent the family the postcard I mentioned. As
usual the family never talked about life in the old country. After the last
daughter of Julia and Charles died (our aunt), we became curious about our
ancestral village. And so our search began.
After asking for help in finding our ancestral village, I learned in just a
few days that Kniesen, (German), (Gnezda, Hungarian), is now named Hniezdne
and is in the Zips region. Information about the Slovakian people and the
area just flowed from you to me. I was overwhelmed that so many members of
the SLOVAK-ROOTS group were so knowledgeable and willing to spend the time
to help me. I can’t express how generous you all were with your time and
effort in providing us with information about Slovakia and this Zips
(Spis) – High Tatras area.
In particular I would like to thank:
Mike Mojher – my mentor - Mike’s ancestral village is near Hnieznde so he
has been extremely generous in his time and sharing of information about the
area. He also suggested Lygia as a guide and translator while in Hniedzne.
What a treasure she was. I want to go back just to see her again. Mike
also suggested lodging and restaurants in the area. He also encouraged us to
contact distant relatives, which we did. I found families with the names of
Raab and Hobor in the Slovakian phone book. I sent a note and family tree to
Lygia. She translated and mailed to the persons I provided. Beyond belief,
Emil Raab responded.
We arraigned a meeting at the local Penzion and met all his brothers and
sisters and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hobor. What a most wonderful reunion. They
related the most poignant stories, particularly of the awful times they had
in 1944 and 1945.
We were invited to 5 of their homes and met their children and
grandchildren. How generous they all were. We attended Sunday morning mass
at St. Bartolomaeus’ RC church, were our great-grandparents were married and
where our grandparents were baptized. Our black and white postcard came
alive with vivid color. An experience, my husband, sister, cousin and myself
will never forget. Thanks Mike, I couldn’t have done it without you.
Helene Cincebeaus – I thank you for your encouragement to go forward and for
recommending sites, lodging and wonderful ice cream shops. Thank you Helene
for your help, suggestions and time.
Dee Taylor – Way back in the beginning we were looking for LDS records and
Dee casually mentioned that we may want to check out a particular film
number. She was right on. My sister found our ancestors birth records
within two weeks. Thanks Dee.
Thomas Reimer – Thomas you probably don’t remember back in May 2002, but you
provided very insightful information that was of immense help to us. You
located Kniesen for us and related the area’s history and recommended
articles in the monthly Karpatenblatt. I thank you for sending me those
Paul Bingham, – thanks for your June 2002 e-mail for the invaluable
information concerning lodging near Hniezdne and in Tatranska Lomnica in the
High Tatras. Also for transportation and local info. I appreciate your kind
help. Thomas also pointed out that Sean Connery’s Dragonheart was filmed at
the Spis Castle. A very interesting place, although fairly cold while we
were there. Paul, thanks for the TARG newsletter each month.
Again thanks to so many of you. For information on highway conditions,
directions, rest stops, ATMs (bankomats), gas station stops, currency, food,
sites, and the web site of the Slovakian phone directory, etc. We could
never have made this trip without the help of the wonderful people in this
Thanks again to all of you for your help in giving us the information and
confidence to walk in the steps of our ancestors. We can’t wait to go back.
Let me know if I can help anyone, it would be nice if I could pass on what I
’ve learned and experienced. Sincerely, Ginny Schulze
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