March 27 – Metelmann twins from Upahl

Today is the birthday of one of my most favorite uncles.. but pssst… don’t tell the other one’s!

During the German Revolution the Frankfurt Parliament decides the “Paulskirchenverfassfung” (Frankfurt Constitution) on March 27, 1849 which gets declared the following day.

Sorry, but being from there I can’t leave that out. It was Palm Sunday and the alarm went off at 11.18 pm on March 27, 1942 in my hometown Lübeck. Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. This alarm was the beginning of an area bombardement lasting til the afternoon the next day.

Til today the destroyed church bells of St. Marien (St. Mary’s) are a symbol of the terror of WWII. Whenever I pass them, I am close to tears thinking about all the lost lives.

St. Marien

St. Marien

On my family tree, we meet Hedwig Helene Karolina METELMANN and her twin brother Karl Friedrich Heinrich METELMANN from Upahl, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

They were born there on March 27, 1905 as the children five and six (from nine in total) of Ludwig Ernst Karl Friedrich METELMANN and his wife Dorothea Maria Elise née HAGEDORN.

I have a baptism record for Hedwig from March 31, 1905 therefore I guess that also Ludwig received his baptism on that day in Diedrichshagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

The last record I have for Hedwig is her confirmation record from April 13, 1919 in Diedrichshagen.

Unfortunately, Ludwig suffered the fate of a lot of twin babies in that time, he died being only one month old on May 3, 1905 in Upahl. He got laid to rest on May 7, 1905 in Diedrichshagen.



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