[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Re: Life in Volhynia

Claudia Kittel dougclau at cybertime.net
Thu Sep 9 11:58:55 PDT 2004

I can remember when I first married in 1962; my in-laws lived downstairs, and they would have friends over to play this very wild and crazy game.  They would get all excited and pound on the table, and this would go on all night.  This was in one of the many suburbs of Milwaukee, in which there were a lot of the German-Polish heritage.  Brings back memories.
Claudia Kittel
---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: G|nther Bvhm <GHBoehm at ish.de>
Date:  Tue, 07 Sep 2004 09:40:20 +0200

>GVLESS at aol.com schrieb:
>>Dear listserv members - Gee, I was hoping when Jerry Frank introduced awhile 
>>back something about a game played in Volhynia and my bit about my husband's 
>>family menfolk always playing cards called Schafkopf (Sheepshead) that some of 
>>you would have something to add.
>Hello Virginia,
>though I can't tell you anything about the German customs in Volhynia, 
>there is something about the history of the "Schafkopf" card game. It is 
>the oldest German card game, originates from Bavaria, dates back to 
>about 1500, and is still today more common in southern Germany. The 
>Schafkopf regulas were first fixed in 1896 and finally in 1989 in the 
>Munich "Hofbr"auhaus". So you perhaps can do conclusions about the 
>German origin of your Volhynian ancestors. The name is not derived from 
>"sheep head" but from the old German word "Schaff" = barrel whereas 
>"Kopf" = head means the upper bottom (-> "cover") of the barrel where 
>the game was originally played on - and you can imagine how it sounded 
>when the cards were smashed on it with enthusiasm. By the way this why 
>its name is not "Schafskopf" = sheep head but "Schafkopf" (Schaffkopf). 
>Younger derivates of the game are Skat, Doppelkopf and "Wendischer 
>of Hilden, Germany
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