Last Sunday 37 years ago, (Great-) Grandpa Paul passed away in Gütersloh, Germany.
Until recently, we did not know when exactly, where or how Great-Uncle Hans died. Now we know.
Last Monday 68 years ago, our (2nd) great-grandmother Johanna von Hinten passed away in Minden, Germany.
Today we remember my father Jupp, whose family relations were a closed book for us for a long time.
It would have been our (great-)grandmother 105th birthday this week.
This is possibly the saddest poem I have ever read.
“Tante Rita” felt strongly about our family identity bound up with the house name Reelen.
On Monday, 19 August 2019, Cousin Katharina passed away at the good old age of 89. With her, we have lost a family historian to whom we owe much.
“I cordially dislike allegory (…). I much prefer history, true or feigned, with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of the reader.”
140 years ago yesterday, our great-grandfather (and 2nd great-grandfather) Franz von Hinten was born.