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First Stop on Our Trip to Germany: Mainz May 26, 2017

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Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

We spent our first day and a half in Germany in the beautiful and ancient city of Mainz, a city with a population of about 200,000 people and a city that was once an important center for Jewish learning and culture. Our visit there created some cognitive dissonance for me as we experienced such incredible beauty and also memories of such horrific ugliness.

We flew into Frankfurt Airport on May 2 and found the train to Mainz.  Once on the train, we were not entirely sure that we’d gotten on the right train.  Despite a full year of learning German online, I could not make out one word of the train announcements.  Fortunately, a very kind man sitting across from us realized we were confused and reassured us that we were on the right train and that he would tell us when to get off.  From the start, we were…

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3 Responses to “First Stop on Our Trip to Germany: Mainz”

  1. alhawthorne1 Says:


    I’ve taken a quick glance at the excellent story (First Stop on Our Trip, etc.) with many fine photographs and will examine it much more closely later this week. I have been toying for a long time about possibly going to Germany to find an ancestral connection to the family of my paternal great grandfather, David Schoelch, who emigrated to the US (Boston) in the 1850s from a small town near the Neckar River, to the east of Heidelberg. Not sure that I have the nerve anymore or the funds — I’d then also have to visit my French “brother” in Besançon, not far from Switzerland.

    I glad you posted First Stop…


  2. Amy Says:

    Thanks so much for reblogging my post, Janet.

  3. Janet Says:

    I discovered on my recent trip East that several of my relations are familiar with Mainz.

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