Leaving without looking back: the road out of poverty and the flight of the oppressors. Gross Tympkenberg, Germany

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Ian Stehbens on November 18, 2007

In the 1700s this was an area of abject poverty. The pastor described the situation in detail in a report to the church hierarchy, assessing this community as poorer than its neighbours and poorer than anything he had ever encountered. As fuedalism collapsed in Mecklenburg, most of the young walked away in search of hope, and while they departed from family with shows of grief, they never came back. By the 1900's the same estate became productive agricultural land and its proprietors were supportive of nationalism, and around 1945 they fled, allegedly to South America, never looking back, never coming back. History can be painful. History can be redeemed.

Rafal Ociepka on January 7, 2008

You've got a nice photos, and your descriptions are very interesting.

Ian Stehbens on January 7, 2008

Like you, Rafal, I am enjoying my photography for many reasons. I am delighted when others see the beauty that I see, and when others resonate with the sense of significance of a place in the history of humanity, then my pleasure is magnified. Thankyou for your many appreciative responses. Ian

Ian Stehbens on January 1, 2009

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Maja Weidemueller on May 29, 2010

Lovely pictures, but non of Rueber dear Ian. Love this one. Take walk on the wood side? 99 miles?

Ian Stehbens on May 29, 2010

Dear Maja,

To walk along this roadway, would give me the greatest of pleasure and for it would be the epitome of learning. Your experience and your insights would simply illuminate this road and bring it to life... and I am sure you/we could probably do that for almost any elected period in the last 200 years, since that pastor wrote his complaint and assessment.

As for Rueber, as you realise that was in the days about 15 generations ago, in IT terms, before the advent of Canon20D cameras!

Maybe it is time to go looking for the print and see what the scanner can do. Or maybe some used book dealer around the world has a website with a copy pictured of the first edition with Rueber on the cover!

But it would be special to be in a German kitchen smelling the baking right now.

Thanks for your response to this image of a bit of 'my place'.


Ian Stehbens on May 29, 2010

Again dear Maja: To continue, it is as I feared the slide of Rueber that was used for the book went to the publishers of course and though it came back it is not really in a state to be scanned and uploaded. But if I can get the scanner working again, I'll upload another more panoramic that shows the village sitting in its rural surrounds.


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