I’ve been living in Dreieich for about three years now. I’ve had history lessons here too and of course it has more focus on German history. And lately I have been noticing something about where I live. Almost all the street names have something to do with German history.
So let’s take a walk, shall we?
We’ll start off at my house; it’s surrounded by trees and the street has nothing to do with history, because it’s called rose street. I live in the flower quarter. There’s violet street, tulip street, clove street, lily street, rose street and finally flower street. I don’t know why, maybe women named these streets, or maybe it has something to do with the fact I live right next a natural reserve, though I’ve seen more grass than flowers.
Anyway, we walk up rose street and over the bridge and turn left onto Liebknecht-Street. Now that refers to Karl Liebknecht. He was the founder of the Spartacist league in Germany. Together with Co-Founder Rosa Luxemburg they opposed the war and urged for quick peace. Both were assassinated in 1919 by the military end of the government to stop another revolution.
Liebknecht-Street is very long, so it takes a while until we reach August-Bebel-Street. August Bebel was a so-called marxist and stood up for the rights of the German workers. With Karl Liebknecht he founded the Saxon People’s Party, later he become member of parliament for Saxony and the co-founder of the Social Democratic Party in Germany in 1890. He remained Member of parliament until his death in Switzerland, 1913.
So after we’ve turned left again onto August-Bebel-Street we take a right onto Konrad-Adenauer-Street, missing out Schubert-Street (the musician guy, you know?). Now Konrad Adenauer was a good lad, I think. He was the first chancellor of West Germany after World War II. He did his best not start any more wars and worked on Germany’s economy and international relations. He was a member of the centre party, which meant he was a Christian. As I said; good lad. He remained a liberal democratic chancellor until 1963.
Now this is where it gets complicated. I’ve got lost so many times in these little streets before, because they seem to shoot off into all different directions. First, we’ll go onto Joinviller-Street, which probably refers to a city in Brasil of which many of the early immigrants are German. So we could turn left into Liebig-Street, named after Justus von Liebig, a German Chemist and “founder of the fertilizer industry”, but instead we’ll go the other way because that will take you to my school. So let’s turn left and then left again and go onto Lessing-Street. You ought to know Gotthold Emphraim Lessing is. He wrote Emilia Galotti. Now we’ve discussed in class I know he was trying to criticize society’s trouble with moving towards the enlightenment (that time when they told you to start thinking). He was born in 1729 and died at 52.
If we turn right after that we’re back to politics. Theodor-Heuss-Street will turn in the Hainer Chaussee after a while and lead you right to my school just by walking straight on. So Theodor Heuss was a German politician who also helped get West Germany back on its feet economically, along with good old Konrad Adenauer.
And then we reach my school and that’s where the fun ends. No, well, not always. Luckily it’s locked up at the moment since I’m on holiday. So instead let’s walk on to Dreieichenhain and have an ice cream inside, since it’s still not warm enough outside.