Even revolutionaries grow old: this is what happened to the residents when they moved out of the commune

Even revolutionaries grow old: this is what happened to the residents when they moved out of the commune

50 years ago you belonged to the frankfurt 68 movement. Almost ten years later, they discovered an antique sofa in the attic of a tettau farmhouse.

This is how it was back then: in 1976, they founded the commune on the wildberg farm

read here, how the young people from the surroundings of the goethe university in frankfurt, which was discredited as communist, founded a commune in the french province: the land commune tettau, which was probably the best guarded in frankonia: when grenzer, zollner and the inhabitants of the settlement watched with binoculars, what the students did on the farm.

And today? A meeting of the old communards.

The rural community in tettau has long since ceased to exist, but the sofa is still there. With new upholstery it stands in the living room of angelika and dietrich schutze: they are the only ones who stayed at the wildberghof.
Franz kluge sits down on the sofa. He is visiting to talk about the wild times. Edith memmel can not come. The master potter is on rugen, where she runs one of her two workshops. On the phone, she tells us what it was like back then and how she later fared as a grassroots deputy and self-employed woman. Wolfgang erler also reports by telephone about the commune to which he moved with his wife karin at that time. She is no longer alive, he moved to ulm a good ten years ago. "When her daughter had her first child."

What became of the ideals of the 68ers in franconia??

The lives of the communards have separated, but some of the old ideals still unite them: closeness to the grunen, environmental protection, the idea of a social life for the common good. "Those who are young today are more pragmatic, they've come to terms with our life experience", says franz kluge. "Where we tussled our hair or read karl marx first, they present a solution right away. From the internet." angelika schutze also finds that the children have taken away a lot of experience. "But they live very differently from us. And it's different again with the grandchildren. There we are only grandmas and grandpas."

How the former residents of the commune fared: this is how they remember it, this is what they do today

1. Edith memmel (67)
their oldest daughter sarah was still "upstairs" in 1982 born in the tettau community. But when edith memmel's sweetheart got a job as a carpenter in kronach, they moved "downstairs". The potter lives and works today in burgstall near mitwitz. She trained 35 apprentices. "I had my first on the wildberg." she is grateful for the wealth of experience from that time. "There was friction at times, but no one moved out in a quarrel. The circumstances have changed." she pursued her ideals differently, founded the first toddler group in the area, initiated farmer's markets and campaigned as a green politician for the region. She was a member of the state parliament from 1986 to 1990. And this year she again.
2. Dietrich schutze (74)
little by little, dietrich schutze and his wife angelika paid off the other residents of the commune – the couple stayed on, renovated the old farm over the years and turned it into a family business with a mixed economy. Dietrich schutze first concentrated on organic farming. Bio-case produced on the demeter farm. 40 cows they had. "But we could not live on that alone. Something had to happen." in the 80s he started to build tiled stoves on the side. "Edith showed me the basic skills." the farm had never been self-supporting, previous owners always maintained an inn. Schutzes have the "farm cafe rented, the stable leased. Of the animals, only the chickens, cats and two goats remain. The fact that there are still a few horses grazing on the pasture brings a little money into the coffers – and is nice for the vacation guests who can rent apartments here.
3. Angelika schutze (73)
in the 1970s, angelika schutze had worked as a preservation worker, but the "radical decree" had to be rescinded, preventing extremists from being employed in the public service earned the commune's resident her resignation. "With flimsy reasoning – but i did not care." she didn't like her job anyway, often dreading the evening office hours. But she liked to have people in the house. After the end of the commune, she and her husband looked after socially disadvantaged children and young people. "We had at least 30 foster children", treasures them. The last young people moved out ten years ago. Today, the farm is mainly visited by hikers who travel along the green belt. Angelika schutze also cultivated her artistic vein: she loves classical music and learned to weave. Her web pictures hang on many walls of the wildberghof; she runs a web studio.
4. Franz kluge (75)
"when we moved together on the wildberg, we didn't think about what would happen next", says franz kluge about the municipality. The individuality had developed over time as an explosive body. Then he laughs and waves it off: "not as brutal as it sounds now. There were conflicts like in every WG." franz kluge did not live at the wildberghof for long. He moved out because he met a woman. He has lived in kleintettau since 1979. "Today we have been married for almost 40 years.When you have a family and also have to take care of children, you have different needs. Then it's also about money."
After he had to get by with ABM jobs such as homework supervision in france, because he could not get a job as a teacher in bavaria due to formal legal reasons, he was able to become a teacher at some point. He taught for 15 years at tettau elementary school. Today he is retired.
5. Wolfgang erler (70)
wolfgang erler and his wife karin fall in love with the commune in 1978. She was a midwife, he often took her to shift work – which didn't fit the rhythm of life on the wildberg at all. Erler drove trucks for a construction company, but the earnings ended up in the community coffers. "The lack of private money, for example for clothing, was a problem that led to conflicts in many rural communities." when he got his first job as a sociologist at the district administration office in kronach, the couple moved to the hamlet of wurbach near marktrodach. "With goats, geese and sheep." the wildberghof brought him love for the land. When edith memmel was elected to the state parliament in 1986 and he became her personal assistant, he moved to kronach. He has lived in ulm since 2007.

Other country municipalities
Read here about two other rural communities that existed in the french province at the time:
of the potter's trade, freedom and the first attempts at mull separation in jesserndorf in the district of hassberge.
From the commune in mechelwind (hochstadt district), where the musicians of the legendary jazz rock band "aera" caused a stir with their alternative lifestyle.

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