[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Sayings and Tales
esonnenburg at porchlight.ca
Tue Sep 7 14:05:20 PDT 2004
Zu viele Haende in den Pot verderben den Brei.
Too many hands in the pot ruin the porridge.
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Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Sayings and Tales
> Virginia and list members:
> Besides stories and colorful expressions, I've always found Sprichwoerter
> folk sayings very interesting, and the little research I've done on the
> subject leads me to believe that popular ones might ultimately be "tagged"
> certain location in Germany. Both sides of my family lived in Poland for
> than a century, migrating from Posen toward Lublin, and after the WWII
> arriving in the US in 1952. Favorite sayings I heard growing up included:
> Morgen, morgen, nur nicht heute sagen alle faule Leute (Tomorrow,
> just now today, say all the lazy people). Maister, ich bin vertig, darf
> trennen (Master, I'm finished, can I rip out the seam).
> Another area I just learned about from a cousin includes fairy tales. She
> related a story her uncle often told about the Sieben Kleine Geislein, 7
> kids, six of whom were swallowed by a wolf while the smallest hid in a
> That one told the mother; they found the sleeping wolf, snipped him open
> substituted rocks; he later drowned in the river. The sanitized American
> puts the kids in a sack. This particular uncle was illiterate, so it is
> unlikely that he read the story; it was part of an oral tradition,
> wonderful sound effects. This family also lived in the Lublin area.
> Does anyone else remember this tale or others?
> Sigrid Pohl Perry (Pohl, Hapke, Domres, Mantei, Fritz, Klatt, Brauer,
> Albrecht, Scheffler, etc. etc.)
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