Father’s Day = Vatertag in Germany

castle mentality...
Castle Vischering, near the town where I went to university.

Today in Germany we celebrate “Vatertag” = “Father’s Day”. As I read at wikipedia: a different date from other countries: USA, most of my readers (more than 20.000): on June 19, 2011. But, living in Germany, I have to write my tribute story today. About the father of Geoff Quinn, who died after a plane crash, but left a bottle with a letter for his son in the snow. About the father of Rita Crane, who managed to escape from Germany during the Third Reich, he became a famous photographer in NYC. About the father of my friend Klaus, who was a captain of a submarine during World War II, swimming with his crew near the coast of Africa, to make a break, ignoring some Greek oil tankers? Why not about me? They put me into an orphanage immediately after birth 1945. Had to search for a father-substitute. When I was a student, Monsignore Dr. Schwegmann, working for the Pope in Rome, gave me a room in his expensive country home, where he lived with a housekeeper and a donkey. Early in the morning he brushed the donkey (five). Then he went to church (six in the morning). Then he drove with his automobile to the German bishop, where he had a bureau. But he always took me in his car to the university nearby. In the afternoon, home again, we ate cake made by his housekeeper. In the evening we played chess and made some philosophical conversations: writing with chalk on a little black board: He could think, but not hear, not speak – during a thunderstorm a lightning had destroyed something in his nerves. He was the surrogate of a father. Only 6 years in my life, but I will never will forget him, because he helped me to find a lifestyle. I’m not brushing a donkey every morning – but the fur of my little cat. I am not preaching in the church a sermon every morning – but writing a little story daily for my blog…

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16 responses to “Father’s Day = Vatertag in Germany

  1. happy father’s (or men’s day) day!


    • thanks, Claudia, I’m not only a man but a father of two daughters (one is an architect in Berlin and another daughter is a banker in Munich). Also Grandpa of two grandsons. Things are going on. No one will end in an orphanage. Neither in a castle – but we are happy nevertheless. Todays photo, featuring me, shot by my wife in our bathroom (on the walls some reminders of my daughters, signs on tin; the bathroom was my daughters’ battlefield for at least ten hard years: one sink, one mirror, but two daughters):
      Vatertag = Father's Day in Germany


  2. great father’s stories, also love the castle pic!


  3. Great pictures and Happy Father’s Day to you!!! 🙂


  4. Wonderful tribute and story Dietmar. Love the photos too! Happy Father’s Day. Your daughters are lucky to have a great Dad, and your grandsons lucky to have their dear grandfather. All the best to you!



  5. Happy Father’s Day, and what a wonderful, tender tribute to fathers and father figures. Have a great day.


  6. Happy belated fathers day to you! Your daughters should be lucky to have you. BTW, how does one browse this blog? There is only a static page in the homepage section?

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  7. Melanie

    Glückliches Vatertag!
    (I hope that’s correct!?!…;-/…)


  8. There is such a deep and meaningful story of life in this post – thank you for sharing. Fathers and Mothers are a key part of who we are – I hope (like most parents) that I’m bringin my son up right… Perhaps he’ll have memories to tell his children but I can promise they won’t be exciting!


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  10. Fathers, our ultimate idol, biological or not.


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