Tuesday, May 3, 2011
He heard us discussing the notices posted on his Mairie (Town Hall) and invited us into his office. He unlocked the glass doors of the case behind and showed us the records of his town dating from the late 1700's. The records were written variously in French or German depending on which particular country was in control of the place at the time, until about the mid 19th century when someone gave up, and began recording in both languages "just in case".
Most families in the region to this day, can communicate in either language, once again highlighting our own particular ineptitude!