German postcards and Suetterlin Script

Siobhan Tarr

Siobhan Tarr

Siobhan Tarr,  based in Bad Oldesloe  in Germany has  been working with young people on a project responding to an initiative by Lauenburg Arts.  Artists were asked to consider the meaning of war memorials and the German ‘’Volkstrauertag’’ (Rememberance Day). Volkstrauertag – People’s Day of Mourning, commemorates those from all countries’, military and civilian, who have died either in or as a result of armed conflicts, or as victims of violent oppression and tyranny separate from a war situation.

Young People in Ratzeburg

Young People in Ratzeburg

The organisers wanted to engage with young people on the project, which would culminate in a Symposium providing the artists and the young people involved an opportunity to present their work. Working alongside artist Siobhan Tarr, the young people looked into themes of WW1 such as local stories .  An historian from the town archives spoke to the young people about how the town of Ratzeburg (where they live) and its folk were affected by the First World War.  The young people visited a local war memorial as well as visiting the local soldier’s graveyard

It was in a church in Ratzeburg,  that the young people and Siobhan met an older couple who spoke to the young people about their war experiences and their parents, who witnessed the First World War.  It was during this session Siobhan produced a couple of postcards, bought in a flea market with writing  using the  old “suetterlin” script which is not used anymore.  The  lady was able to translate both postcards.

The postcard showing  the ‘’officers barber’’ is postmark  dated: 08.11.1915 and was sent from a soldier named Jos Dorr who was employed as a “krankenträger” (one who carrys the  injured on stretchers) of the: 10th company of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Prussian division of the 9th Bavarian general infantry Brigade, 5th Army Trench.

 Dear Fraulein Emma!

I kept your card with your address on it which I thank you for very much . I´m still healthy, which I hope you are too Emma and I hope all is fine with your parents and brothers and sisters. I wonder if we´ll have to put up with being here the whole of the winter since it´s freezing cold here. Lets pray to dear God for a final victory so we may  see each other again  Soon. Greetings to you Emma, your parents, brothers and sisters and a special  greeting goes to Pepi. 

Greetings to you from Jos Dorr, Krankenträger

Goodbye

p.s. greetings to all my acquaintances

        that here is our barbers

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The symposium took place November 8th 2014, Mail Art from young people in the UK, Australia and Germany was displayed. The organisers of the symposium have used some of the Mail Art designs as posters and will be stuck up on bill boards and signs for the 16th November Volkstrauertag.  Some of the posters will be on display in the soldiers graveyard, Ratzeburg.   The church in County Lauenburg has chosen to use one of the Mail Art designs from Australia by Sabrina for the invitation which will be sent out promoting this years Volkstrauertag.

International Mail Art Exhibition UK, Australia & Germany in Ratzeburg

International Mail Art Exhibition UK, Australia & Germany in Ratzeburg

 

International Mail Art, UK, Australia & Germany in Ratzeburg 2014

International Mail Art, UK, Australia & Germany in Ratzeburg 2014

Mail Art by young people in Ratzeburg

Mail Art by young people in Ratzeburg

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