Zwickau! I believe that’s where President Uchtdorf hails from. It’s also the birthplace of composer Robert Schumann.
My German ain’t great, but I believe it says “Free admission” and “No offering [passing the plate]!” Ha!
Comment by David Y. — November 18, 2013 @ 10:08 am
Somehow my orchestra teacher in junior high school, who was born in Stettin around the turn of the 20th Century and served in that mission a few years before this flyer was printed, managed to confuse “Eintritt frei!” and “Keine” Kollekte” into “No Admission” which he regularly printed on the programs for our concerts. I’m sure that a lot of people wished afterwards that he had in fact barred them from attending.
Not only was Zwickau the boyhood home of Pres. Uchtdorf (and his mother’s hometown–it seems likely that his mother moved back to be near her parents when her husband, Pres. Uchtdorf’s father, was conscripted into the German army), but it’s also the source of a wonderful tongue twister: Am Zehnten Zehnten um Zehn Uhr Zehn zogen zehn zahme Ziegen, zehn Zentner Zucker zum Zwickauer Zoo. Just remember that in German “z” is pronounced “ts”–sort of like the ts in “tsunami” that no American newsreader pronounces correctly. “On 10/10 at 10:10, ten tame goats pulled ten hundredweights of sugar to the Zwickau Zoo.” I think. Viel erfolg!
Part of the flier notes that the visitors to the conference would be the president of the German-Austrian Mission, Hyrum W. Valentine and his wife (Ella), as well as missionaries from various regions of Germany and America.
This was the second time the Valentines served in Europe. They had left their first mission at the end of 1916 as the Saints were suffering so much from the war, so they were pleasantly surprised to find large, active, thriving branches throughout the mission.
This was an optimistic time for the Church in Germany. In the post-World War I Weimar culture the Church grew substantially. The German miss was split just a few years before this conference. Hyrum Valentine was well-liked by the German Saints. All in all there was considerable hope for the Church in Germany. Germany had become the model of how the Church could and should grow abroad. Unfortunately, In just a few years Hitler would come to power and in about a decade World War II would break out.