am Main, Hessen, Germany
Part of Frankfurt am Main
Home of My Kaiser Family from 1636 to 1949
Introduction to "We Children from the Ruetschlehen - A History of a Street and Its Children 1928-1952" - English Version
In late January 2008, I was exploring on WorldCat and decided to see if there were any books written about Fechenheim that I didn't already have. In the University of Frankfurt catalog, I found a book published in 2005 entitled: Wir Kinder vom Ruetschlehen: die Geschichte einer Strasse und Ihrer Kinder 1928-1952 (We Children from the Ruetschlehen: the History of a Street and Its Children 1928-1952) written/compiled by Bernhard Pfender and edited/published by Jutta von Freyberg. The street Am Ruetschlehen is the next perpendicular street east of Jakobsbrunnenstrasse where I was born in 1939 and lived until I emigrated to the U.S.A. in October 1949.
Although the book was no longer in circulation, I was able to get a copy of it from Bernhard Pfender. Reading it was like re-living my childhood. I have written some of my life story to be handed down to my descendants. However, my writings do not contain nearly as much descriptive details as that written by the Children from the Ruetschlehen. I decided to translate the book and add footnotes to explain unfamiliar words and places. I also added footnotes of my own memories stimulated while reading. The author/compiler Bernhard Pfender and editor/publisher Jutta von Freyberg gave me permission to place the English translation on my web site.
I received an invitation to a gathering of the Children from the Ruetschlehen at the Fechenheimer Bootshaus scheduled for 21 November 2008. I flew to Germany, knowing that it was not the best time of the year for weather conditions. Sure enough, the attendance was only about 20 people, due to the prediction of heavy snow and freezing temperatures. Nevertheless, it was good to be among the 20 plus Children from the Ruetschlehen whose experiences and memories were so similar to mine. Two of them told me some memories they had of my parents. I was asked to say a few words to the group about my life after leaving Germany. Two reporters were there, one from the Frankfurter Neue Presse and one from the Fechenheimer Anzeiger. Both papers published a picture and an article of the event.
Article in the Frankfurter Neue Presse (English)
Article in the Fechenheimer Anzeiger (German)
Article in the Fechenheimer Anzeiger (English) PDF
Copyright 2008 Sue Foster