Questions of a reading worker
Who built the seven-gated Theben?
The young Alexander conquered India. He alone?
Every page a victory. Who cooked the victory-banquet?
So many reports. So many questions.
Where do we come from - Where are we going? The study of history will give us answers to these questions. And what is nearer beginning with our own roots?
We are fortunate to be able to trace our ancestors back to the 17th century from written notices in parish-registers despite of wars and other destruction that have impeded our progress.
The important information about our forefathers is not only the date, when they were born, baptized, married, died and buried. Beyond that we are learning about their life’s conditions in order to reconstruct human history in it’s full context.
We are not eager to glorify our ancestors, but rather show them as they were - ordinary, honorable people living in extreme hardship and trying to earn their daily bread in dignity without kissing someone’s feet.
The adversity and tyranny they encountered led many to emigrate to other areas of the country and world. May this chronicle bring relatives together, who have lost sight or who have never seen each other, in order to understand where we have been and where we are going.
Düsseldorf, in August 1999 Bruno Reble