[Cz-L] Re: czernowitz-l digest: January 18, 2014

From: andy halmay <andy_venivici_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2014 05:41:17 -0800 (PST)
Reply-To: andy halmay <andy_venivici_at_yahoo.com>
To: Czernowitz Genealogy and History <czernowitz-l_at_list.cornell.edu>

Re derailed train in Campulung - I would have loved to see how they pulled it up back to the rails.  Today they use cranes and all sorts of heavy equipment.  All they had then was horse power and perhaps pulleys.  Hardy, you are a magician finding these pictures. If ever I lose a needle in a haystack, I'll call on you to find it.

Re: Jewish farming communities; it is ironic that Jews were forbidden to have land. Land is fine and living on a farm has all sorts of charms (along with constant demands and problems) but farming is a terrible way to make a living. Perhaps by preempting Jews from farming they pushed them into the professions and skilled trades which the antiSemites subsequently resented, because in professions one does better than on the land. When we immigrated to Canada,the only way one could enter was to buy a farm.  Had they demanded farming experience we'd have perhaps met Traian Popovici or ended up in Transnistria. Jews regarded farms with a kind of awe and romance. My mother's uncle Hermann, my grandfather's brother, had a farm down near the Danube and I recall that whenever mother spoke of him and his family, she did so with awe.  In reality discounting corporate farming on a huge scale, farming is a terrible way to make a living. You are dependent on too
 many factors over which you have no control - the climate, the markets - when the crops are plentiful, the prices get depressed. When drought or locusts or whatever destroys your crops and you get high prices but have nothing to sell.  More irony - during Ceausescu's years when Romanians starved to death and had a terrible time, the shepherds in the hills did well. They were difficult to control thus enjoyed relative freedom and they would always have chickens and eggs and brinza.  I visited Romania in 1994 and found a surfeit of professionals, everybody had gone to college; everybody was an engineer or economist and they starved, while many of the rural folks had mountain chalets to rent out and did comparatively great.

On Sunday, January 19, 2014 12:08 AM, Czernowitz Genealogy and History digest <czernowitz-l_at_list.cornell.edu> wrote:

CZERNOWITZ-L Digest for Saturday, January 18, 2014.

1. [Cz-L] Farming Communities
2. [Cz-L] From some cemetery stones in and pertaining to Bukovina towns:
3. Re: [Cz-L] farmers in Bukowina
4. Re: [Cz-L] farmers in Bukowina
5. Re: [Cz-L] farmers in Bukowina
6. Re: [Cz-L] farmers in Bukowina
7. [Cz-L] More about Ion Nistru - Ethnographic map of Bukovina
8. [Cz-L] Generaloberst Eduard Baron von Boehm- Ermolli
9. [Cz-L]
10. [Cz-L] Injecting trees
11. [Cz-L] War 1917

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