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Edemannswisch, Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein: 1978

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Comments (8)

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2009

Yes, Domi. It is a pleasant landscape through which to walk, especially in the summer. I have enjoyed my visits to this area, over the years. But in the winter it can be a bleak, and unpleasant, so a walk then is only out of absolute necessity.

Best regards,


gezginruh on February 5, 2009

I would like to walk there.I like this kind of place.My best regards.GGR.

Ian Stehbens on February 5, 2009

Greetings GGR,

This very flat landscape is a wonderful place to ride a bicycle, too, but only with the wind at your back. Hard work coming back.

When walking or riding here, I would stop and talk to the cows. I can carry on quite a conversation with them, even though the cows in this landscape speak with a clearly different accent from ours in Australia! But they speak the same language!

Best wishes,


Evgenia Lepikhova on February 6, 2009

I like old photos, but this series is also accompanied by an interesting story, Yan!These stories make especially fascinating story-teller talent.

Best wishes. Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 6, 2009

Dear Eva,

This is the land of my Stehbens' forebears, and it was quite a remarkable discovery to make as this history was not remembered in Australia, and for that matter forgotten in Germany. But I cracked the mystery and the extensive population of descendants of the migrant family are most grateful. We had a significant family reunion in 2005.

I will be uploading some more old photos, some taken by my grandmother. They will be of the village in which I lived as a child, and where my mother still lives.

Hope you find them interesting also. It will allow you to see the details on GE of the village of my origin.

Warmest regards dear friend,


KelvinRose on March 4, 2009

Another of my favourites!

Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2009

Dear Mr. Stehbens,

My name is Jens. I live in Kiel (Schleswig – Holstein). A few days ago I searched the village Edemannswisch on Google Pics. After a few clicks I found a picture that enraptured me. This picture from 1978 from your journey to Dithmarschen shows a house that is very well known for me. It`s the house of my grandparents where I lived the first three years of my life. In 1957 my great-grandparents bought this house. After they died in 1974 my grandparents lived on there, also my mother (she grew up in this house). In 1977 we moved to Kiel. After my grandfather died in 1994, we sold the house and my grandmother moved to Kiel. That was sad for us, cause we spent a lot of time in our holidays or on the weekends there . It reminds me of a carefree childhood and wonderful days of my youth.

I like this picture you shot in 1978, for it commemorates Edemannswisch as I know it from my younger years.

Thank you very much and many greetings from Kiel,


Ian Stehbens on August 10, 2009

The comment above is an extract from a letter, I received from one for whom this house and farming community were very significant. I am very pleased that Jens has made contact.

Thank you for sharing this Jens, for it certainly adds to the significance of the photo and the value of GE.

I am pleased that you now treasure this photo. I was exploring this area for this is where my ancestors came from to Australia. When they migrated in 1865, their emigration record in Hamburg recorded their last place of residence as Edemannswisch! And that was all I had to go on. No Google Earth in those days. No GE pics.

I happened to find the place name in a gazetteer in the library of the Geography Department at the university in Birmingham, UK. And then I couldn't wait to get there. That was in 1978.

Others of those descended from that Stehbens (or Stäben) family have since been back to absorb their history and visit one of the places of their roots. I also have returned since and we have hosted the current local pastor and his family here in Australia.

Here is a link to other images from this Dithmarschen district in this image gallery. The first of these images depicts the place where my Great Great Grandfather, Detlef Staeben, was born in 1813.

Warmest regards,


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    by Ian Stehbens