Wir suchen Deutschland - Erzgebirge and Dresden

Last week I told you about this book I have “Wir suchen Deutschland” from 1948.  So today I share the first two pages with you.

Erzgebirge

Im Erzgebirge, im Spielzeugland,
nimmt Peter seines Sabinchens Hand
und läuft mit ihr in den Frühling hinein.
Er mag nicht still mehr sitzen – nein!
Im Winter haben sie eifrig geschnitzt
und bei der Arbeit tüchtig geschwitzt,
denn all die schönen Sachen
soll’n vielen Kindern Freude machen.
Verpackt und verladen ward Kiste um Kiste.
Wo gingen sie hin! – Ach, wenn man das wüßte!
In viele Orte im deutschen Land,
dem Namen nach uns nur bekannt. 
Drum möcht’ ich jetzt auf reisen gehn
und Deutschland mir mal recht besehn.
das Schnitzmesser weg, das Dreirad geschmiert!
Sabine, komm mit, die Fahrt wird probiert!

The Erzgebirge, the Ore Mountain near the border between Germany and the Czech Republic, is well known for all those wonderful wooden Christmas decorations. So it’s understandable that the children had enough from all the work over the winter. It’s also understandable that they would like to know where all the toys and decorations go and that they therefore go on a trip around Germany. Of course, nowadays it would be unheard of that small children, which are that young that they still use a tricycle, work in a factory using knifes to carve wood and then decide to go on a trip on their own.

So, where are they off to?
Dresden is their first stop.

Wir suchen Deutschland - Dresden

Dresden

Der Rucksack wird nun rasch gepackt,
den Eltern lebewohl gesagt. –
Wie wollen wir jetzt abwärts flitzen!
Sabinchen, mußt recht sicher sitzten.
Noch heut woll’n wir in Dresden sein
und denken dann bei Mondenschein:
Wie wunderschön war diese Stadt,
als noch kein Krieg zerstört sie hatt’.
Hier konnt’ man schöne Bilder sehn,
durft’ abends in die Oper gehen.
Hier lebten Künstler: Maler, Dichter,
hier zeichnete auch Ludwig Richter.
Und schließlich ist nicht zu vergessen,
man konnt’ hier feinsten Stollen essen.

As Dresden had been heavily bombed during the war, the children were remembering how beautiful Dresden was before the war. On the picture you can see the Semperoper, the opera house, and also the Frauenkirche, which was destroyed during the war and reconstructed in time for Dresden’s 800th anniversary in 2006. They mention Ludwig Richter, the Dresden born artist and, of course, the Dresdner Stollen. Not mentioned in the text, but visible as a drawing is the Augustusbrücke, a bridge over the river Elbe.

I can’t work out how long they stayed in each town, but you will have to wait unil the end of next month to find out which town they visited next. I guess, as they travelled on their tricycle it probably took them a month anyway ☺

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