Did you know that the Irish were not the only people who experienced a potato famine? In December 1846, following a year of devastating harvests and famine, hundreds of Germans left their homes in the pouring rain to journey to the New World.
At their next meeting, the SCGS German Interest Group will watch a documentary depicting the German Potato Famine shown from the viewpoint of the people of Pfaffenweiler, a tiny village in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The emigration was sponsored by the government of Baden who viewed it as the removal of poor and unsatisfied people.
Director Juergen Stumpfhaus crafted the film in 1996 using as actors the grandchildren of those left behind. Props were taken from the town's museum to enhance the authenticity.
The documentary will be shown following Edward McKelvey's lesson on German vocabulary and Walt Sturrock's lesson on reading and writing German Gothic Script. Both will focus on historic Confirmation documents.
Following the film, Deborah Volper will share her research on "The Contract for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas" with the group.
For more information, please contact Allene Aubertin
SCGS German Interest Group
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Third Saturday of most months
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Cross street Glenoaks