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Back after 50 years to Garmisch Germany
In the Alps...Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Garmisch nestles in Germany's Alps, a famous resort town and the capital of Alpine Bavaria. Situated at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain (2,962 m). Close to the border of Austria making it a short trip by train or car...
Originally Garmisch - Partenkirchen were merged in 1936 for the Winter Olympics...these two towns were founded by the Romans (1100-years-old).
Of the two original towns that make up its name....Garmisch is more upmarket, with many boutiques, restaurants and a Casino. Alpine skiing which the area is renowned for is at its best, and of course in the summer the mountains are wonderful for hiking.
Above all this is a dream like town to visit, going back in time for its never ending or changing beauty...I came back after 50 years and it seemed as though I never left. Too bad my visit was so short, I hope someday again I'll be able to go back for a longer visit, I certainly left my heart and childhood memories there.
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Childhood memories in photos - from days gone by ~ Personal property photos -all rights reserved Delia Pacheco (C)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Back to Garmisch after 50 years
Garmisch a town, or call it a village in the Bavarian Alps, this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. I was lucky enough to have lived there after the war, until 1950 when my mother, sister and I immigrated to America.
Amazingly 50 years later my husband and I visited Germany and went to Garmisch, and it actually has not changed, even the cows still have their bells around their necks coming into town at 4:00 pm from the valley hills to be milked, knowing with instinct which is their barn...for years I told my husband the story about the cows and how they found their way back every day to the individual houses/barns, he had a hard time believing me, till he saw it for himself.
One of the highlights to my visit there, was to show my husband where we lived. While parking on an off street, we started to walk towards the church that sat in the background, knowing I lived across the street from that church.. we proceeded walking in that direction. Without realizing it, I started to walk quite fast leaving my husband Al and cousin Trixi behind...I had transcended back into my childhood I was walking in familiar alleyways'... then all of a sudden there was the street, straight ahead to the building I once lived in. We walked through the breezeway of the building and immediately went into a Jewelry shop which was on the street floor of this building. The man that owned the store gave my sister and me going away gifts, gold necklaces with Angles on them ... in my excitement I was not thinking about the man already being old when we left, so obviously he would not be here anymore...I asked the woman in the shop if she knew anyone that was familiar about this building, she said, "yes, the clothing store owner next door knows everything"
I brought a photo along to find "the boys"
The reunion was like a dream
As we walked next door, we passed the arched doorway to the entrance of the house/building where we had lived...someone was going inside and I could see the stairs, I wanted to run and go inside...I had a flashback! (New Photo of the arched door below)
In the alleyway both sides had windows to the shops, the Jewelry store and across the Isle the very trendy Ostler shop. We went to the front entrance and with my copy of the 50+ year old photograph in hand, we walked in. A young man approached us and asked if he could help us. I explained to him in my broken German the situation, showing him the photocopy of the boys, and that I was looking for them because I lived in this building and knew them when I was a child. He looked at the photo and said, "why that's my Father and my Uncle!" Oh my Gosh my heart was pounding, I was so excited! Within minutes I was reunited with Karl and his brother..."the boys"...who now where grown men my age. Karl Ostler (in New photo gallery below) owner of the clothing shop and the other one was the city architect. They both remembered me and my sister, even our nicknames! Ironically they had just recently talked about us, wondering what ever happened to the twins.
Continued to the next day
Then the next day we where invited back to the shop, this is when I found out that he owned a large portion of the building if not the the whole. We where invited upstairs to his place for breakfast, this was next door to where we once lived, which he also now owned and incorporated into his living quarters...it was absolutely beautiful, the breakfast room was just as it was 50 years ago, very authentic Bavarian, beautiful beyond description. I had coffee and cake and got to spend the morning with the brothers.
Karl who owned the building once was the Mayor as was his father at one time. He made arrangements for me to go and visit my fathers grave site which was not there anymore, but dad is still in the same grave only 6' deeper. I found the spot where my dad is, now just grass, that's because you have to pay yearly to maintain a grave, if no payment is made, they bury someone on top. I even found my way to the cemetery and even the area my dad was buried...the trees had grown large over 50 years and made the appearance different, but my instinct told me where the grave site was...I actually had only been there a few times as a young girl, but the memory was ingrained.
This was a day to remember and one of the happiest days of my life, because I got to relive a memory, even though painful it was so cathartic....I never thought of it at the time, but wished I had visited my grandmother's grave (dad's mom) at the same cemetery...she died a year before him.
A popular photographed building -
A friend visiting Garmisch
A friend named Gary Wachter whom I met on Facebook was going to go back to Garmisch Germany where he also once lived with his mom...he asked me if he could look up anyone or do something for me while there. I was very surprised, because I have never met him...I thought, what a kind gesture!
He took photos of the building (X) balcony where I lived and went to the Ostler Clothing Shop (X) street level, to say hello to Karl Ostler for me (Karl is one of the middle boys in the photo around 8-9 years old.)
Gary also went to the house he use to live in...and would you believe it was right across the street from our house! What a small world!
I'm very thankful for Gary's kind gesture and going out of his way not to only say hello to a friend, but to take these photos for me.
New photos and old ones to compareClick thumbnail to view full-size
Through time and seasons - our view across the streetClick thumbnail to view full-size
Visiting - during special celebrations
"Folklore Weeks" (Heimatwochen)
A fun time to visit Garmisch and Partenkirchen in July or August, you will celebrate "Folklore Weeks" (Heimatwochen) Including performances by local groups and colorful processions, featuring traditional costumes and music....Beer, Schnitzels and lots of Umpa music.
Winter and Spring have many holiday celebrations as well...always Festive with all kinds of costumes and things to eat and drink.
Oh, and you get to see the Cows come home!
It's all about the cows!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Paintings by artist Oskar Schultz - shared with me by his son Siegfried SchultzClick thumbnail to view full-size
Thank You Siegfried Schultz for sharing your father's beautiful paintings!
It's wonderful to hear from someone who has a connection from my past, and contacting me through my webpage.
A nice gentleman named Siegfried Schultz who lived in Garmisch when I did, kindly supplied me with information about the past in Garmisch, including about the building I lived in. His mother had an art Gallery that stood were the building Is now. Siegfried also sent diagrams of his moms gallery and the now building. Also photos of the paintings (above images) These paintings are by his artist father Oskar Schultz...
I also was contacted through this page by a lady who owned one of Oskar Schultz pastel paintings. I passed this on to Siegfried, making him happy and intrigued.
I'm very happy to keep an open line of communication with him....Again, Thank You so much my friend Siegfried!
The world is small with Internet connections...
I've had the pleasure of receiving information from other contacts as well, mostly on my family story pages...From those who knew my mom, as well as her relatives in Germany that I never new existed. Even my father's family side connections that I never knew about. They all have given me enough information to try to finish my 40+ years search.
I'm always excited to be contacted...it shows how small this world is with the Internet.
Snow in the mountains - Viewed through paintingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Because I'm an artist I have saved for a long time images of paintings, these pertain to the mountains in Bavaria. So here I get to share them with you.
Mountain paintings ~ a popular & beautiful subjectClick thumbnail to view full-size
Murals on Houses and Buildings - Look up Luftlmalerei ~ Luftmalerei on Google ImagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
What do you think of Garmisch?
would you like to visit this place?
Winter Olympics 1936Click thumbnail to view full-size
GAP known for the 1936 Winter Olympics
If you are a snow skiing buff this place is a must for you, besides the beauty, it has so much history.
As a little girl I use to go to this Olympic facility, my dad lived there part of the Winter. He also lived up in the mountains teaching skiing.
I have photos of us there...even photos of my mom having dinner and watching a skating show with US Army generals.
In 1936 the Nazi Olympics where held three years before World War II, Adolf Hitler turned the Berlin Games into a tense spectacle designed to showcase 'Aryan superiority'
This was the fourth Winter Olympics that Hitler opened. Although not as politically charged as the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin. The event was manipulated by the Nazi regime, which suppressed unfavorable press coverage and staged lavish celebrations to mark the openings of new facilities. The IOC had forbidden Germany to exclude Jews from its Olympic team.
To this day the Olympic Ice Rink is still used as venues for many competitions, and visited by other interested sports groups. As far as the Olympic ski jumping stadium and hill, I believe that might have been taken down.. Part of the Olympic bobsled course also remains well preserved. On a walk around Lake Riessersee you can still see the finishing area, bobsled lift, and bobsled shed, and a keen eye can detect the route of the former bobsled run above the lake, near Forst Street...I have a painting that was done for my dad of a bobsled team.
At Lake Riessersee they performed Olympic speed skating events and ice hockey matches. That year also was the Combined Alpine Event when it first became part of the Winter Olympics. Slalom races were held on Gudiberg Mountain and the downhill races on Kreuzeck Mountain.
An efficient bus service allowed 500,000 people to attend the final day's events. For the first time Alpine skiing events were included, this led to a major controversy. The IOC, overruling the International Ski Federation (FIS), declared that ski instructors could not take part in the Olympics because they were professionals. Incensed, the Austrian and Swiss skiers boycotted the events with the exception of a few Austrians who decided to become Germans and take part. The dispute carried on after the Games and it was decided that skiing would not be included in the 1940 Olympics. Sonja Henie earned her third gold medal and Karl SchÃ¤fer his second.
The Armed Forces
Interesting note, the United States forces moved into the valley in April 1945 and immediately established a military post and a recreation center. The Armed Forces Recreation Center, AFRC has run a vacation and recreational program to support the US military in Germany for over 50 years. The facilities include hotels in Garmisch and Chiemsee, with accommodations for over 500 hotel guests per night. Not only that, Garmisch is the headquarters for the Area Support Team (AST) that provides community support to the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies and the NATO School in also nearby in Oberammergau.
My mother worked for the Army Base, teaching German and also working in the PX, all this because she spoke fluent English...we met many soldiers and all were so nice, they use to come to our house after a play that mom was performing in, having a nice celebration, my sister and I were always included. One of the soldiers helped us to come to the United States by finding us a sponsor.
Places to visit ~ things to doClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cross on top of the Zugspitze
Partnachklamm - Partnach GorgeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Once in a while ~ painting a day
The painting shown is from one of my blogs for my art. It's a series of miniature paintings of my childhood memories...
once in a while...painting a day is just what it says...when I have extra time I paint, even though I wish I was painting everyday.
during Garmisch Winters
painting 'sleigh ride' by Delia (C)
Few of the memories that I still have, come back in flashbacks or dreams. Many sounds brings me back in time...one of them is the crunching sound of snow beneath my feet....I remember pulling a little sleigh, hearing the scraping sound from the rails that's caused from the small pieces of coal spread for traction. The heaviness of the air and how hard it was to breath. I also loved hearing the bells on the horses pulling a sleigh, breathing heavily, the rhythm of the beat of their hooves pounding, all this in unison...and the added beauty of it all...maybe this is why I paint winter sleigh scenes like the one here.
The memories I Cherish the most, are the walks up into the mountains, stopping and having cake and drink, or going to Riessersee...the lakes, the flowers, trees and berries. It's amazing that these little memories have always had an impact staying in my memory bank.
A fun puzzle and a true image
Links for GAP - must see sites!
- Partnach Gorge - Europe for Visitors
An illustrated article on the Partnach Gorgea or Partnachklamm, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. From Durant and Cheryl Imboden.
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen -
This site is in German but check out the LIVE cam...
- Garmisch and its mountains
Interesting informations about garmisch partenkirchen germany. Facts about the town garmisch, the holiday world and garmisch hotels from a local citizen.
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