Sounds of Home; on a Grand Trip
Heimatklaenge auf Grosser Fahrt
Choir from Stuttgart at the 125th Anniversary Celebration
of Immigration by Volga-Germans to Argentinia
Stuttgarter Chor bei der 125-Jahresfeier der Einwadnerung
in Argeninien, Fortzetzung von VadW 2/2004, S. 22
Lehmann, David. "Sounds of Home; on a Grand Trip." Volk auf dem Weg, March 2004.
Translation from German to English by Alex Herzog,
The Statue of Christ
in Rio de Janeiro
Leaving our friendly countrymen was difficult, but we had to continue
to our next item in our tour agenda, a sightseeing trip to a park
where wild animals were free to roam. We had perhaps expected more
of this walk, but at least it gave Stefan Kloetzel a chance for
a brief ride.
After we had loaded our luggage onto the bus by 7 PM, Dr. Guinder
came by, presented Marina Bauer with a few books, and gave to each
of us a monthly issue of a pamphlet of the Association of German
Descendants of the Pampana, Santa Rosa. By shortly after 5 AM the
next morning we had reached Buenos Aires, after a drive of 608 kilometers.
November 5: Following a city tour with the wife and the daughter
of Mr. Heit, by evening we drove in two minibuses to a restaurant,
which unfortunately proved to be the wrong one. We were accompanied
by Mrs. Kessler and Dr. Hartmann, plus Mr. Heit and his family,
the Preacher and Mr. Danner. Mr. Gareis and his wife had made a
special trip just to join us, and both drove home at the end of
When it came time to say good-bye after midnight, Mr. Heit thanked
the Schwaben International for having made the trip possible. With
our visit we had not only contributed to improving relationships,
but had also made the point of the importance of maintaining our
culture in the future. Isabel Kessler, first chair of the [Association
of] Volga-Germans of Argentina, in return thanked us for our visit
and apologized for some minor problems that had cropped up. But
what had been done had been done from the heart, and that, after
all, was the most important aspect.
Our choir director, Marina Bauer, also thanked our Volga-German
countrymen for the cordial reception they gave us in Argentina,
and she expressed the hope for strengthening the contacts between
our people on two continents.
November 6: At noon we left the hotel to drive to the airport,
where Mr. and Mrs. Heit, Mrs. Kessler, Dr. Hartmann and Mr. Danner
were already awaiting our arrival. As a good-bye gesture, the choir
sang the song "Muss I denn ..."
Departure was t 3:35 PM. After a 30-minute stopover in Sao Paulo,
Brazil, we reached the former Brazilian capital, Rio de Janeiro,
at 10:15 PM. We were welcomed there by Mrs. Claudia, an employee
of Schwaben International of Brazil. During our stay there, she
would treat us to a great deal of information about the city and
the country. To thank her, the choir presented a brief number for
her at the airport. She was very pleased.
November 7: The day started with a tour of Rio de Janeiro. With
its 5.9 million residents, it is the second largest city in the
country. To describe everything we saw that day would go way beyond
the extent of my report. Let me merely mention that we became convinced
that the city can rightfully call itself one of the most beautiful
cities in the world. The day concluded with a samba show at the
restaurant "Marius" -- a unique experience.
November 8: After some more sightseeing, we left Rio de Janeiro
by air, at 9 PM as planned, and within an hour we were in Sao Paulo,
and arrived at 2 PM the next day in Frankfurt. A very fast ICE train
returned our entire group quickly and in good health to Stuttgart.
In conclusion, a big thank you to all the "Schwabians"
who traveled with us, for accepting us for who we are, and for participating
fully in all our activities. In the name of the entire chorus, I
also wish to thank our choir director, Marina Bauer, for her grand
efforts in organizing not only our great tour, but also all our
appearances overseas and here in Germany.
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.