Remember To Tell The Children

Book Two: Strangers And Sojourners

by Henry A. Fischer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/4/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 724
ISBN : 9781434337559
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 724
ISBN : 9781434337566
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 724
ISBN : 9781463461805

About the Book

As the 19th Century dawned, the pioneering days of the Children of the Danube were now mostly behind them.  The new generation no longer thought of Hesse, Baden and Württemberg when they heard their elders talk about home.  Home was what they experienced in their own insular village enclaves scattered throughout Swabian Turkey in southwest Hungary.  It was the quest for a new Heimat that had spurred their ancestors to come down the majestic Danube River almost a century before.  Yet, three generations later, their descendants still remained Strangers and Sojourners in the land.

  It was their language, faith and traditions that provided cohesion to their life together        but at the same time separated them from those around them.  They remained outsiders and were seen as foreigners who were resistant to every attempt at assimilation.  Having established their identity in their heritage they were forced to adapt to changing situations   constantly challenging them.  This often meant venturing beyond their own communities and living alongside those who spoke another language, subscribed to a different creed, observed customs and traditions unlike theirs and lived an accompanying different lifestyle.  In response to these outside pressures, what emerged among them was a distinct society, which was perceived as a desire to remain Strangers and Sojourners.

  But history was not on their side as the Napoleonic Wars raged across Europe and left their mark on the political and social landscape.  The following archconservative reaction set the scene for the upheaval known as the Revolution of 1848 that swept across Europe giving birth to the Hungarian War of Independence.  All of this led to repercussions from which the Children of the Danube could not escape.  As that history unfolds, Habsburg Emperors along with other notable historical personages will enter the story, but it will be the little known Archduchess Maria Dorothea, wife of the Viceroy of Hungary, who would have the greatest impact on the life and future of the Children of the Danube.  All of this sets the scene for the next generations who will be remembered as the Emigrants and Exiles, and their story will constitute the final volume of the trilogy:  Remember To Tell The Children.

About the Author

  Henry Fischer, born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada is the son of Swabian immigrants from Hungary whose lives and families provide the background for his writing and historical research.  The publication of his first book:  Children of the Danube was followed by a trilogy entitled:  Remember To Tell The Children.  This trilogy is a work of historical fiction based on extensive historical research and family tradition and stories handed down through the generations.  They reflect the common experience of the Children of the Danube and their descendants since joining the Great Swabian Migration into Hungary early in the 18th century.  The first volume of the trilogy:  The Pioneers, dealt with their journey down the Danube and the early settlement years in Hungary.  This current work focuses on the development of their own distinct identity and lifestyle during the first half of the 19th century within the context of the wider society in which they were:  Strangers and Sojourners.


  He and his wife Jean reside in Oshawa, Ontario.  They enjoy travelling and the freedom of retirement but spend as much time as they can with their children and grandchildren.  A former Lutheran pastor and co-founder of InterChurch Health Ministries, he is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.