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How’s your German? Or Polish? Or Kashubian?

CarolineRADDE

I am trying to figure out just what the heck this document is and translating the information therein, which I am assuming is German. But who knows! Is it Polish? Or Kashubian, a Slavic language spoken and written by few? Do you know? I’d love to hear from you.

A distant cousin who lives in Switzerland posted it to a forum on Yahoo! Groups related to genealogy in a region of Europe known as Pomerania.

It is apparently about my great-great grandmother, Caroline Radde. (The file is named Caroline.R.) But I am having a heck of a time deciphering it.

If you can help, please don’t hesitate contacting me by commenting on this post or writing to me directly via email, hillaj@outlook.com. And thanks in advance for any assistance!

ajh

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Einwohner? Notes on German society in 1883, using my great grandpa as a case study.

GERMAN, A CHANGING LANGUAGE

Hmm. The only record that I’ve found of my great grandfather in Germany, which is a compliation of many sources I believe, lists his occupation in 1883. The German word is Einwohner.

Upon reading the word, I immediately began probling the tubes that make up the Internet to translate it, using everything from Google Translate to a hashtag on Twitter.

Not satisfied, I tried a mailing list on genealogy, geographic-specific, hosted by Yahoo and recvieved this wonderfully descriptive answer from Piotr Mankowski, resident of Nowogard, Poland, which was Naugard, Germany until World War II.

“Einwohner was a status and meant a person who rented or leased a flat or house in the village or town. In some cases, the person had to pay for the roof over his head by, for example, working for a day for the owner, especially if residing in the farmer’s house.”

Heniz Radde, who was born in a place called Gross Tuchen, which isn’t far from where my ancestors lived, and now lives in Switzerland, wrote a concise explanation.

“Today Einwohner means inhabitant and nothing else. But in the past, the word was in use for day laborer and very small farmer as well. Sometimes it was written Einlieger for the same.”

ajh

New & improved! A multilingual blog — in Polish, Arabic, German, Turkish & English!

Since there are many varied people involved with this story, I am providing multilingual translations within the blog post, a first for me. I may do it more, since I think a blog in different languages is a cool idea.

I’ve settled on four translations of my original tweet: German, Polish, Turkish, and Arabic.

ENGLISH
Poland refuses to take Muslim immigrants. Can you blame them?

POLISH
Polska odmawia przyjęcia muzułmańskich imigrantów. Czy możesz ich winy?

TURKISH
Polonya, Müslüman göçmenleri almayı reddetti. Onları suçlayabilir misin?

GERMAN
Polen weigert sich, muslimische Einwanderer zu nehmen. Kannst du sie beschuldigen?

ARABIC
وترفض بولندا اتخاذ المهاجرين المسلمين. يمكنك إلقاء اللوم عليهم؟
watarfud bulanda aitikhadh almuhajirin almuslimina. yumkinuk ‘iilqa’ allawm ealayhim?

ajh

Brussels is ground zero of European jihadism, say terrorism experts on NBC News.

It is in essence
the Ground Zero
of European jihadism
,
there is no question about that.”

— a former senior U.S. counter-terrorism official commenting on NBC about the area in Brussels where the terrorists operate

Hey, Europe, it’s well past time to take Islamic radicalism seriously.

Muslims who help terrorists are ENEMIES OF THE STATE, and the general public. Islamic leaders MUST publicly and vociferously DENOUNCE TERRORISM. There must be serious consequences for anyone refusing to do so, including deportation.

Obviously anyone helping and harboring terrorists — if taken alive — must be rounded up, arrested and charged. Yes, I realize our open-minded, tolerant friends would rather talk it out than resort to violence, but terrorists and their sympathizers must be scared out of the business, out of Europe altogether, or off the planet to meet Allah. There are no other options.

“ . . . the fact that [terrorist leader Salah Abdeslam] was able to evade authorities for so long demonstrates the high level of support for their network in the community.”

It’s a competency problem, says a former FBI and U.S. Army counter-terrorism operative.

“That they could sit for four months, not only in Belgium but in Brussels and especially in Molenbeek, and plot these kinds of attacks just four days after the arrest of such a high-level network facilitator — this is shocking to me because they should have been on the highest level of alert.”

The West must be proactive, vigilant and relentless. Waiting around for the next attack only kills, maims and terrorizes innocent civilians.

“It is hard to conceive that this would happen on such a large scale when it was so obvious that these guys were operating there. After [Abdeslam’s] arrest, you would have to assume everyone in the network was preparing to launch whatever they had.”

It’s time to scare the bad guys and their friends.

“I expect a lot of doors to be kicked in over the coming weeks.”

I sure the hell hope so.

ajh