Their is a sense of neglect from ʙᴇʀʟɪɴ. That and ᴘᴏʟᴀɴᴅ’s rapid economic rise are fueling the shift.
“It’s part of a deeper shift taking hold in a part of ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴʏ where decades of slow economic development have pushed those with means to seek a new future far from their homes, leaving behind an aging population in ever more desolate villages and towns.”
“Many here feel the federal government in Berlin has abandoned them, but now, their gaze is turning to the east.
Remember Donald Rumsfeld and what he said years ago?
“I was ambassador to ɴᴀᴛᴏ… When we would go in and make a proposal, there wouldn’t be unanimity. There wouldn’t even be understanding… You’re thinking of ᴇᴜʀᴏᴘᴇ as Germany and France. I think that’s ᴏʟᴅ ᴇᴜʀᴏᴘᴇ. …the center of gravity is shifting to the east.”
Despite being mocked and ridiculed by many in the news media, and the political and military establishment, he was right.
“Once a source of cheap, unskilled labor and affordable cigarettes, Poland has developed into ᴇᴀꜱᴛᴇʀɴ ᴇᴜʀᴏᴘᴇ’s economic powerhouse… Now, more and more eastern ɢᴇʀᴍᴀɴꜱ are betting on Poland as their hope for a brighter future…”
For years she lived and worked in Seattle. The family is from Vermont, and she spent much of her youth in Switzerland, where her father was stationed with the State Department, I think.
While we talking one evening, she mentioned my tweet. She was curious about the name. We figured out the God part, but didn’t get farther than that. So later I decided to use the Google, specifically Google Translate, and after learning the meaning of his name, I sent off a note to her.
I’m so glad I’ve finally found a record of my great-great grandfather, Ludwig Lentz of Gröbenzien. Gröbenzien was a village in Germany, near the Polish border.
The images are from the Borntuchen church book, known in German as Kirchenbuch. This is the first time I’ve found Ludwig in any historical records. And there’s another unknown, his son Eduard. Most other surviving records from this branch of the family are in other church books.
I’ve included links to the image files of the complete record and the key at the top of the page.
“Few of their children in the country learn English… The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages … Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.”
…the language so vexing to him was the German spoken by new arrivals to Pennsylvania in the 1750s, a wave of immigrants whom Franklin viewed as the “most stupid of their nation.”