July 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm (By Amba)

Deep roots.  This is where J’s are.  The house where he was born, and where his mother died in the same bed, with us holding her hands, would be about half a block behind you.  (Except it’s gone now; it was pretty much stolen from us, and rebuilt into a hotel.)  The citadel (Bauernburg or “farmers’ fortress”) on top of the hill was where the whole village would retreat whenever there was an invasion across the plains from Central Asia, which was pretty often.  That’s how these Transylvanian Saxons, invited to farm and defend the foot of the Carpathians by a Hungarian king in the 12th and 13th centuries, got their broad streak of Mongolian genes.  A known ancestor of J’s mother was the leader of the town in the fortress in the 1400s.


  1. Chickelit said,

    Who lives in the Bauernburg now or is dedicated to the public? This very fascinating personal history. I know my paternal ancestory back to the 17th century in Rhine-Westphalia. I assume that there is even deeper history there.

  2. amba12 said,

    It’s a public museum now.

  3. reader_iam said,

    Thick and thin, Annie, thick and thin: when it comes down to it, the core of it, the integrity welling up from the grounding, nurtured by the rains that followed, but when it comes down to it, root and branch together.

    I feel comfortable enough with that sentence because I think you’ll understand it, or at least what I’m trying to get at.

    Warmest regards, sweetie.

  4. amba12 said,

    I not only sort of understand that sentence, I love it. Thank you. Yes You Are (a writer).

  5. William O. B'Livion said,

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