German Money

Absolutely it could have happened, though probably not overnight. That's
why the German's are guardians of the Euro, even though other countries might
not like it.

John Rodenburg

In a message dated 4/1/2013 7:53:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:

To the list,

I am from Nebraska and I have a question. I was married to a lady from
Germany who was born in 1933. She told this story several times and I am
wondering the validity:

Her parents once bought a home from a man one day and very shortly (the
next day or so) the German currency was changed. The story goes that
her parents had a home and the man had worthless money. The man would
walk by and look at the home, shake his head and sometimes weep years

Can anyone substantiate this? Could something like this have happened?
If true, it might pin point for me when they bought the home and where
some of her siblings were born. Thank you---- Bob

Ich komme aus Nebraska, und ich habe eine Frage. Ich war mit einer Frau
aus Deutschland verheiratet, 1933 geboren wurde. Sie erzählte diese
Geschichte mehrere Male und ich wundere mich die Gültigkeit:

Ihre Eltern einmal kaufte ein Haus von einem Mann eines Tages und sehr
kurz (weitergesetzt Tag oder so) die deutsche Währung wurde geändert. Die
Geschichte besagt, dass ihre Eltern ein Haus hatten und der Mann
wertloses Geld hatte. Der Mann würde Fuß durch und betrachten die Heimat,
schütteln den Kopf und manchmal Jahre später zu weinen.

Kann jemand dies belegen? So etwas wie dies geschehen konnte? Wenn wahr,
es anheften könnte Punkt für mich, wenn sie das Haus gekauft und wo
einige ihrer Geschwister geboren wurden. Danke---Bob

An historical remark: even a look to the farer past shows:
as well as the measures which had the same name but not the same
length or area even the validity of currencies was not the same
throughout the centuries. After the German Empire was established in
in 1871, the different currencies as Taler and Gulden (florin) were
replaced by the (Gold-)Mark. the rates was as follow
a Taler (currency of the northern States was 3 Mark and a
Gulden (currency of the southern States was 1,71 Mark.
Forward: the validity of a Mark in 1871 much more than in the 1920
or even in 2000.

backward: in earlier times the validity of a Gulden or florin
was much more than in 1871. For example in the 18th century
one florin was a week's wage for a worker in the building trade.

The validity of money or a currency depends from what peoples
earned and was they could buy from their earnings.

Even about the price of land
The space of the U.S.A is many times much as of Germany where
here in the center of the today Baden-Wurttemberg a normal parcel
contains about a 1/4 acre, however people may have several lots.
Therefore in the 1850s the price for land in the U.S.A. was very cheeper

than in Germany. But other stuff as clothing would be more expensive.
There exists many letters written by immigrants to their relatives in
Germany that tells about the rate between Dollars and Florins on the
of such letters I can tell about a family that immigrated to the U.S.A.

in 1854 and settled in Wisconsin in the Milwaukee area:

When they left Haigerloch in 1842 and moved to Sigmaringen on the
(about 40 miles SE) they sold the estate they had here about 3 acres in

8 parcels with a dwelling house and a brick kiln built on it.
As it was usual, one part of the sum was to pay cash and another part
by installments with an interest.

When they were in Wisconsin, they bought a parcel of 80 acres
with a framework house built on it.

But roughly it was the same price for each of it.
Well that family is not related to me by blood,

but when one of my real relatives by blood (3rd cousin - our g
grandfathers were brothers)
who lives in Louisville, KY. bought a 50 acres farm in 2002 he told me
that the times of
the 1850s - concerning the price of land - are over. and he would have
to pay the installment
for 20 years, Well, he said, that would not a problem for members of the
Stengel Clan of which
we're members "but they don't have a such a stressful work as I have" he

Of our distant cousins in the U.S.A. two reached more than ninthy years
of age,
and of my mother's brothers here in Haigerloch, Germany one died in the
age of 107 years, 5 months 15 days,
another in the age of 101 years 10 months, another in the age of 95,
another reached 89, as well as
my mother was 90 years less 24 days when she has died.

That's for now about money, currencies and its validity

Heinz E. Hennige
Haigerloch, Germany

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