History: No fires, no foes in Münster

This following abstract is written by John Sharp, as a teacher and historian he is a colleague of mine. And furthermore, he is a Mennonite, and thus very interested in the inglorious history of the Anabaptists of Muenster as an essential part of the roots around his own religious existence or identity. Weiterlesen

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Hello, this is the police. Are you on the tower?

(I dedicate this story to my English speaking friends all over the world and to my aunt Pat from Canada.)

I will never forget the night when around 11 pm the usually sleeping telephone on the window sill began ringing out of the blue. I almost dropped my cup of tea.

I said: Hello, this is St. Lambert’s Tower, Martje Saljé, towerkeeper speaking.

A male voice: Hello, this is the police. Are you on the tower?

(Well – I briefly considered telling him no, sir, I’m at Stuhlmacher’s Saloon, boozed and busy, please hold the line – but then my good education carried off.)

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Jingle Bells in the Spring of 2015

Not „Jingle Bells“ in terms of „Winter Wonderland“, but „Jingle Bells“ in terms of music and, well, bells –

what I’m saying is: I’m really into music, as some of you might know. And, working on a church tower, just above the 8 bells, I am fond of that wonderful sound, and really into history and the deeper meaning of everything that surrounds me.

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