May Day or Markus’ Birthday

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(A ubiquitous plastic red carnation: the flower of May 1st in the GDR photo: Jo Zarth).

A May Day recollection from Friedmut Wilhelm, a Lutheran minister who served several parishes in the GDR before emigrating to Canada in the 1970s: “Our son Markus was born on the first of May, so of course there was a demonstration march every year on his birthday. And that march passed by our house in the little town where we lived, so we told Marcus that everyone was coming by to wish him a happy birthday. We explained that there would be music and that people would get a Bockwurst, which they did so that they’d come out and march. Anyway, we’d park ourselves at the fence and wave at everyone as they passed by, me the local pastor giving his blessing to the masses from the garden gate!” (May 27, 2018)

For my earlier post with the full story of Friedmut Wilhelm, his wife Gundula and their family, please click here.

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