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From: hugh lichtenwald <>
Subject: [GV] Die Welt-Post, March 23, 1922 (Eckheim)
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:45:22 -0700 (PDT)
The followng article is translated to the best of my ability.
Page 5, Die Welt-Post, Thursday, March 23, 1922
Under the date of December 8, Lydia Maus from Eckheim writes to Mr. J.F. Heinitz in Sugar City, Colorado, that her father, Schoolmaster Berschauer, died one year ago. She complains about the fact that the community which he had served 33 years as teacher, terminated the position and he was so deeply hurt that he died 2 years later.
Referring to the poverty she writes that they haven't seen sugar, coffee, tea, bread or cakes for 3 long years and that they live like savages on herbs and oil cakes and the like. Old horses do not die, they are all slaughtered and eaten in the heat of hunger. Peoples faces are so swollen from hunger that they nearly cannot see out of their eyes.
Eckheim has become half extinct and the same fate is approaching for the rest if no extensive aid arrives. The meager food consisting mostly of kinds of vegetables is eaten without Schmalz (lard or drippings) because no Schmalz is to be found.
"Old Beke-Joerjakob" starved to death and wrote on a note before he died: Give me bread!
Each morning the bells ring out, announcing the deaths of certain people. The dead are wrapped in rags and put together into the ground because nobody has enough strength for digging graves.
Hugh Lichtenwald, from the farm in Monetta, SC
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