duminică, 9 octombrie 2011

Four sentences about the fate of the Saxon villages of Transylvania

By Tibor Hartel
Post initially published here:  

We recently made 50 interviews and five focus group exercises to know how people perceive their village. Below four interesting quotes are presented, which capture well and wisely  what most of the interviewees told.

About the past.
‘The Saxons were decent, fair, working and good people’ (75 year old Hungarian woman from Drauseni about the past of her village, experienced by her).

‘I don’t blame times. I blame people.’ (72 year old Saxon woman from Viscri. She expressed this way the importance of community cohesion, no matter if times are worse or good).
About the present. 
‘Today nothing is working. People come together to discuss but everyone want to be chief, and they argue but are unable to make a common decision’ (48 year old Romanian man in Apold, about present community life in his village).
About the traditional agriculture (and its potential future).
‘Farmers with money use machineries and chemicals in agriculture. Those without money use traditional agriculture (23 year old woman from Apold, describing agriculture in her village).

4 comentarii:

  1. Interesting. I didn't even know there were Saxons in Romania.

  2. Not even a word about Caroline Fernolend?! You little liar:)

  3. This type of write-up may be mind-numbing. While as i are aware that examine, A lot of people once-in-a-lifetime.

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