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  • Thomas Reimer
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 6, 2004
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      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@...>
      To: <SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com>
      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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