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   In 2014, I started blogging about my progress in writing ‘Wandervögel: A Prussian Family’s Passage Through Leipzig.’ Those posts were published on Facebook with the aim being to share news with family, friends and others who 'Liked' what I was doing.
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     Who's That Guy? (Dec 26) There’s one chap in our family story who 'drops in' and 'out.' He was known only as ‘Onkel Albert’ to my grandmother. But this super-sleuth eventually determined he was in fact, Albert Petzold. Just how did I do it?

     Readers' Reactions (Dec 4) It took an age to finish, but Part 2 of Chapter XVII “LOVE'S GREAT ADVENTURES (1957-1962)” would have been a lot less personal were it not for the ‘Uranium City Friends’ Facebook group.

     There Goes Prussia! (Nov 27) Where there’s a will, there’s a way! And thanks to my great grandmother’s (testimony, that is, not character, lol), I learned a fair bit about her identity, her best friend, why she left Berlin for Hamburg in 1939, and pinpointed her daughter’s home in sub-arctic Canada!

  The Anglo-Saxon Knot

     The Anglo-Saxon Knot (July 25) I'll run a risk with this headline because strictly speaking, Nanny Ridderhof's daughters are only half-German.
   But when the eldest marries a UK-based Royal Air Force service man, several sub-stories pan-out
   The first part of Chapter XVII (Dreams of Leaving, 1950-1956) is available.
   With part 1 of chapter XVII summarised in an earlier blog, this news item especially features the late Tiny Ridderhof (my eulogy being here), to whom I owe so much gratitude for all the stories she passed on.

     Take My Breath Away
(March 28) Leipzig has been home to various members of our family since 1879, when journeyman and would-be master tailor, Friedrich Hinsch (my great great grandfather), registered at the city’s Einwohner-
meldeamt
(resident’s office). And two years ago, I announced here that we ourselves, that is, my family and I, were Leipzig-bound within a year.

  Generation 7's first stop     Notwithstanding a false start, the COVID-19 pandemic by and large shelved those plans (although to be honest a suspicion had already crept in that my employer and I were not the best fit). While it would have been a fitting end to this Wandervogel's story, an even better tale has emerged a year on...

     In the News (Jan. 12)
   An unsurprising number of references to my pet project in this interview with xpatloop.com.
   Questions include, "If you were given a wish that could come true, what would you ask for?", "If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?" and "If you could trade places with any other person for a week, real or fictional, with whom would it be?"

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