Grandfamily Pinkwart in Pinquart (translation by Christoph)



The plan to research the places of origin was in preparation since two years.


So on thirthday the 26th May 2005 Christoph, Regina, Nicolas, Jonas, Katharina and Verena together with Emanuel, (son of Martin and Helga) started from Nürnberg and Martin, Helga and Elena started from Göttingen to Glogow, formerly Glogau.


When the 10 Pinkwarts had refreshed themself in the central placed hotel Qubus they inquired the old town of Glogow. They respired the air and atmosphere that their grandfather Hugo Pinkwart may have felt when he was born in Glogau on 7th February 1893 in Glogau. He grew up in this town and was later a high-school teacher for French language and died in the last days of word war II. (His son Günter was born on 31th July 1924 in Unterlüß and was the father of Christoph and Martin).


Next morning Sergiusz from Warschow joint the grandfamily. He invited Nicolas and Jonas into his car. So the group went with three cars through a wonderful landscape 10 km westly to Gostyn, formerly Gustau. The impression of this village was, that since 150 years nothing has changed. So the 11 were able to walk exactly on the streets, where Wilhelm Pinkwart (father of Hugo), Wilhelms father Hermann, his father Johann Heinrich II as well as this ones father Johann Heinrich I may have played on the street. When they became teenagers they probably were activ around the tree concerning the consecration of the church. To be here was very moving!


The columns of the actual generation of Pinkwarts:



Christoph, Sergiusz, Martin (from left to right)



-         and the future ones:



Jonas, Katharina, Verena, Nicolas, Elena, Emanuel (from left to right). Julian (son of Martin) und Wiktor (son of Sergiusz) are missing, brother or sister of Wiktor will be born soon


Now the grandfamily intended to view the place, where the ancestors were christened and where they maried. So the research team went along a wonderful avenue appr. 2 km to the village Dalkow, formerly Dalkau. On this avanue they felt exactly, how it was when the anxient families dressed for church went this way on sunday. They also saw the ancestors going happy for christening or marriage and sadly when someone has to be burried. In this way Johann Heinrich I was christened here (appr. 1775), also he married here. Johann Heinrich II born on 8th September 1800 was also christened in Dalkau: on 11th September 1800. He became something like a workman (the documents tell “Häusler”) and married his Dorothea Elisabeth nèe Hahn on 3th June 1823 also in Dalkau. Johann Hermann was born on 18th November 1837, was christened on 22th November 1837 and married as landlord his Ernestine Johanna nèe Heilscher on 3th May 1864 also in the church of Dalkau. He was the one who left the quiet Gustau and moved to the town Glogau.


It was a pity, that the research team did not find the reformated church and graveyard in Dalkow. The church and the graveyard were destroid after word war II. The main building of this place is a manor house, which was bought by a wealthy gardener. He began to rebuilt it by starting with the garden and the roof of the building. Will the grandfamily Pinkwart meet here in future? Christoph und Sergiusz started to to plan, that the Pinkwarts may come to here some days to make together music…



 Manor house with inviting portal and Elena:



But now the request was to go far more into past:


appr. 20 km south-east to the small village Pinquart. Also here the time seemed to have stopped. The grandfamily felt, that the first ancestor Pingewart as the “Wart” (waiter) of the “Pinge” (room where the galery of a mine divides into two branches) may have built his house. This would make sense because very old mines are around this area.


But it also could be that the ancestor did not come from the surrounding area but from Rome! Maybe he was a clever Roman speaker who planted 4 (quart) pines (Pin) here. So his neighbors named him the one of the place Pin-Quart. This way this place was called “Pinquart“ and its people Pinquart. By spelldrifting this changed to Pinkwart.

Pinquart now is named Bienkow and was the historical highlight of the whole research trip. The complete team:



Helga, Sergiusz, Katharina, Elena, Jonas, Nicolas, Regina, Emanuel, Verena, Christoph, Martin (from left to right)


The discussion with an inhabitant resulted, that the village as all other villages and towns in Silesia were empty after word war II. So people from eastern Poland forced to live here came. They belonged to the under-previligated groups of Poland and never really felt being at home. They do not repair the houses properly because in a way they believe that the Germans once will come back and will have back the houses. The research-team very much hopes that the meeting will help to destroy this fear. How worthful it was, that Sergiusz was able to explain the adventure:



Sergiusz and Christoph with an inhabitant of Pinquart


With the hope, that the team may find a Pinkwart in a cemetry of the sorounding area of this village they went to the nearby placed pilgrimage church in Wysoka Cerekiew, formerly Hochkirch. Like on the cemetry of the church near Gostyn (Gustau) they neither found a Pinkwart nor a Pinquart. But the churchs were properly, and the German traces are not destroid.


After a late lunch in the very nice restored mines-town Polkowice, formerly Heerwegen, the grandfamily went to the metropole Wroclaw, formerly Breslau. They refreshed themselves in the proper hotel Bacero (placed in southern Wroclaw) and went with 3 Taxis downtown. The city was very busy reasoned by mediterrane temperature. On the wonderful marketplace they enjoyed bear of the local bruery. Then Christoph spent all ladies of the group a rose, and the group had a very good dinner at an outdoor restaurnat of the place.


Because the taxis had run a city-rallye and because they had been expensive, next day the group went with own cars into the city. They got parking slots on an observed parkingplace near the opera. After money exchange they bought the still reserved tickets for the ballet „swan-lake“ they inteded to visit the night. Having the tickets they would not come into stress that night. Holding the tickets the grandfamily strolled along the main shopping street Swidnicka into the centrum of the city. Here they decided to divide: the ladies went for shopping, and the young men built a sportsgroup while the olderly men made a pause.


Here you see Christoph relaxing with his idols John Lennon and Ringo Starr:





The young men climed up the tower of St. Elisabeth-cathedral and had a super view over Wroclaw:




After a sightseeing-tour round the city the men visited the university. Here you see the busy students:





And here the most busy student fetches advices from the professor:



The shopping-group noticed that in Wroclaw you will find the same shops like in Germany, France or USA, because they belong to international chains. The prices are similar to Germany’s. But some shoes and T-shirts were so attractive that they were bought by the ladies…


When the Pinkwarts were joined again, they went to the memorial of Dietrich Bonhoeffer to have some quiet minutes. As you may know Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Wroclaw, and he was one of the rarely members of the confess church during the Nazi-time. For that reason he had to die in the last days of word war II. In parallel the group thought of Sergiusz’ grandfather, who worked as christ against the Nazis in the underground. For that reason he also had to stay in a concentration camp. There he had terrible times but for luck he overlived. So the situation was a moment of remembering the faithful entangle of Christs in Germany and Poland.


At the final dinner Christoph was able to say „Thank you“ in Polish. But when he told this the waitress, she came and brought him a beer. So she understood “please another beer” instead of “thank you”. For luck Sergiusz was able to clear the situation.


Feeling familiar unity Sergiusz had to say good-by, because his family was waiting for him, especially his pregnant Justyna. The others went back to the hotel for refreshment. In late afternoon they drove to the opera. Because it is in restauration the show happened in the deep stage, while the visitors watched it sitting on the other two parts of the stage. So the ballet „swan-lake“ was shown with play back musik instead orchestra-musik. But the performance was super, and the audience was very much enjoid. Also after this the city was so crowded, that the group did not find an emty place in an outdoor restaurant on the marketplace. So they had a late dinner at an outdoor restaurant in a narrow street. Reasoned by the high summer temperature it was a feeling like beeing in Verona!


Also the driving back on the next day was without problems. So the family looks thankful back to this large adventure!


Christoph Pinquart