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Karin Freyer, Schlagerstar. Karin lives on the outskirts of Hamburg, met recently, had never heard of her before.


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As a comparison, Andrea Berg - Kurpark Grömitz, 2001


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My god Fritz you have got me into Schlager music 


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Yes, always liked this - Après Ski und Hüttenabend

High Life in Ischgl, Tirol, was here several times many years ago - this one is a bit too "gogo"

and Ischgl, "Trophana Alm"


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Ischgl in Tirol, a stonethrow away from the neighbouring border town of Samnaun, and one of the most expensive skiing resorts



Ischgl, the resort

Popular melody, often heard on the car radio while driving down to the mountains


Adele Montoya



Edith Buchner und Andreas

Iris R., who was of jewish blood,  had an iconic profile, almost classical, her father nicknamed her "die Fromme Helene", all ended in time before the situation got too dangerous,
she had a limited sense of humour, and her mother, who was jewish, could be unbearable at times.


Seefeld/Tirol, December 1988


Kneissl, one of the foremost makers of Skis and equipment in AVSTRIA, the firm was in difficulties just a few years back.


Innsbruck, December 1988


Neuschwanstein, December 1988


and "Kini" (König Ludwig) still watches over Neuschwanstein


Walddörfer Reiterverein, Volksdorf, Autumn 1990

Holiday in Zyprus, August 1991

Summer in Cyprus, August 1991 - a unique encounter, Fritz on far right




Antje , * 14.11.1943 - 21.6.2019 +




The last skiing holiday in Hovden/Norway in March 1996. It was dark and bitter cold, not like the Alps


Großensee / Holstein, 1997 with Tanja Melosch.

Easter 2002, Grabauer See, Sülfeld/Ostholstein.

DJ Ötzi - Ein Stern, der deinen Namen trägt...

Lionel Richie - My destiny.wma

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Und noch einmal weil es so schön war! Stimmungskanone Ischgl - Party pur. In fact, if you are skiing from Ischgl, you can take the route over the border to Samnaun on the Swiss side - and duty free (!) No customs to worry about! You will then have to take the Postbus back, which is covered by your ski pass. Great fun, and you are there in about one and a half hours. The bus back takes about half an hour.


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On 02/09/2018 at 00:52, kenny andrew said:

My god Fritz you have got me into Schlager music 


You could do worse, some of it is really entertaining (light entertainment!) See also further additions to above texts.

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Yes it is entertaining, it reminds me of when I was at school and used to go on holiday to Gran Canaria with my parents. The island was always full of Germans and I used to wander around the bars which all played this type of music. I met an old German at one bar who served on the Eastern front, I asked if he had anything left and he said he did, he gave me his address and I wrote to him, in his reply he said he had several items left including a Hitler bust. For some reason I didn't reply to his letter, I think I had just discovered girls, motorbikes and alcohol. I remember his arm was very crushed looking, I asked what had happened and he just said 'Der Krieg' I often wished I had kept in contact. I think I might have a photo of him somewhere in a box in one of my cupboards.

Here's another good one, I like her yodeling :D


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Here's an annual event in Hamburg-Wandsbek - Wandsbeker Wiesn:










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Looks good, I always wanted to go to the Oktoberfest. Talking about German music, here is my uncle Ken Andrew, he is playing the drums in his band Middle of the Road.They were much bigger in Germany than they were here, his band had that sort of Euro sound. 


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The lady reminds me a bit of ABBA  Svensk Toppar star Agnetha Fältskog, and those long gone days spent in Sweden..... tiden som går, Vad tiden går fort!

Här är ditt liv med Dancing Kvinnor



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Strange you should mention Abba, they were actually inspired by Middle of the Road. Here is an article from the Sunday Post just written a couple of months ago. 

Thank you for the music: How Scots band Middle Of The Road inspired Abba

 , 15 July 2018


SWEDISH supergroup Abba were propelled to global domination inspired by the Scots music-makers behind Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.

The largely forgotten Middle Of The Road band remain best known for their big hit but singer Sally Carr has revealed how the Swedes were fans.

She has told a BBC documentary charting the Scottish music scene that Abba singer Agnetha Faltskog had recorded cover versions of their tunes in Swedish.

And, she claims, Abba song-writers Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson admit Middle Of The Road’s sound was an inspiration.

Launched in 1967 by Carr, drummer Ken Andrew, guitarist Ian McCredie and his brother Eric McCredie, the band had moved to Italy before scoring chart success in 1970. Their other hits included Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum and Sacramento but they split up before Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with Waterloo, the first hit in a world-conquering reign at the top.


Sally Carr

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep was No 1 for five weeks in 1971 but, appearing in the Rip It Up documentary, to be shown on Tuesday, Sally said: “We had hit singles all over the world, in Japan, South America, Singapore and 10 in Europe.

“In Britain we made the Guinness Book of Records with Chirpy for being the longest single in the top 100. It was there for a year. We were on Top Of The Pops five times. It was Tony Blackburn who interviewed us the first time. He actually thought we were Italian. Ken turned round and said to him: ‘Don’t be stupid, we’re Scottish’.”

“Agnetha covered two of our hits in Swedish, before she joined Abba. And the two boys Benny and Bjorn, on live television interview, said that they used our sound as a guide for their sound.

“Your grannies and your mums and dads, and your wee tots know Chirpy.

“They might not remember the name of the group, but by God do they remember the name of Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.

“And I always laugh and say, ‘Yeah, I’m chirpy, but I’m not cheap.’”

Here is the original version of Union Silver


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Very interesting, definite similarity, ABBA is remembered, the other group has almost disappeared from memory. Let's not forget where all these people came from orginally, from the "High North" or Hoher Norden, the homeland and origin of all the Germanic peoples, who wandered from Scandinavia - did you know, Scandinavia is also the origin of the Germans? Around two thousand years ago there was the Völkerwanderung with masses of tribes heading south in the direction of Italy, those who remained in what is now known as present day Germany, gave it their name (by the Romans) as "Germanien". This had previously been populated by Celtic and Slavic peoples, who then withdrew westwards (the Slavs more eastwards) and in all other directions, and whose traces can be found in Iberia, Brittany, Cornwall, Wales and Ireland, etc.
Archaeological finds such as the "Keltenschatz" at Manching near Munich, and also finds relating to the "Hallstatt-Kultur" (Hallstatt, Austria) of the bronze age period give more than insight to this.
The Scots are supposed to be related to the Goten from Sweden. The Goten or "Goths" have also left their traces in Spain, Austria, North Africa and Asia Minor - Byzantine Empire (now Turkey), Southern Russia - Ukraine and Krim - there were the Westgoten und Ostgoten, who made off in these respective directions.


Anni-Frid, originally from Norway,  also had a father from the German occupation. In postwar Norway such children were discrimated as "Tyskerbarna", so she later moved to Sweden. She met her father for the first time many years later. She later married Prinz Heinrich "Ruzzo" Reuß von Plauen, +1999.

Wikipedia quote:
As the war ended, the children and their mothers were made outcasts by many among the general populace in formerly occupied countries, as societies grieved and resented the losses of the war, and actively rejected everything associated with Germany. The children and their mothers were often isolated socially, and many children were bullied by other children, and sometimes by adults, due to their origin.[citation needed]

For instance, immediately after the peace, 14,000 women were arrested in Norway on suspicion of "collaboration" or association with the enemy; 5,000 were, without any judiciary process, placed in forced labor camps for a year and a half.[3] Their heads were shaved, and they were beaten and raped.[3][4] In an interview for the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, war children claim that, while living at an orphanage in Bergen, they were forced as children to parade on the streets so the local population could whip them and spit at them.[3]

In a survey conducted by the Norwegian Ministry of Social Affairs in 1945, the local government in one third of the counties expressed an unfavorable view of the war children. The same year the Ministry of Social Affairs briefly explored the possibility of reuniting the children and their mothers with surviving fathers in post-war Germany, but decided against this.[citation needed]

Five hundred children who were still cared for in Lebensborn facilities at the end of the war had to leave as the homes were closed down. Some children were left to state custody, during a time when such care was marked by strict rules, insufficient education, and abuse. Approximately 20 children ended up in a mental institution in 1946, due to lack of space in other institutions and unsuccessful adoption attempts. Some remained there past their eighteenth birthdays.[citation needed]

Due to the political attitudes prevailing after the end of the war, the Norwegian government made proposals to forcibly deport 8000 children and their mothers to Germany, but there were concerns that the deportees would have no means of livelihood there. Another option was to send them to Sweden. Australia was also considered after the Swedish government declined to accept these people; the Norwegian government later shelved such proposals.[5]


image.png.57181ca7ad1d96d8fed900064ec54e1b.pngimage.png.2d3ffc77a7c41910b4195d964466c282.pngAlfred Haase, 1919-2009



Some Swedish hits from 1976

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Here's another one that brings back old memories 1976 - with Marianne Rosenberg, singing "Lieder der Nacht..."
I remember this in my younger days when working nights at CP Hamburg Plaza Hotel - live from the disco in the 24th floor, "Blauer Satellit".
Years later, Wolf Fengler had exclusive rights in East Berlin for fotos for her LP covers for performances in East Berlin, with VEB Amiga Schallplattenvertrieb


Another great one by Marianne Rosenberg, Marleen..

Udo Jürgens, an Austrian singer, whose family originated from Bremen, he a former member of the HJ, sings, "Und immer wieder geht die Sonne auf..." His last concert, Zürich, 2014, he died on 21. December 2014. Next song (negsd zong!) :  "Ich war noch niemals in New York..."


.. and Griechischer Wein - a very popular Hit

and Udo when he was younger, 1984

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and here's another great one, Katja Ebstein - Wolf Fengler (East Berlin freelance photographer and a friend of mine) also had exclusive rights for her photos and covers in the DDR. Katja sings here: "Dont't cry for me Argentinia..." She first became known through the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970. Her first apearance in the DDR was in the TV show "Ein Kessel Buntes" in 1972.

Photo: original cover by V.E.B. Amiga Schallplattenvertrieb, there were also cassettes

Most of public appearances were at the Friedrichstadtpalast (photo). Katja has been very much involved with charitable projects in third world countries for several years and is now in her early 70s. She also took an active part in protests against the Irak War along with other artists.



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Dont't cry for me Argentinia is a great song, Evita also had Third Reich connotations. This is my favorite song from the musical, sung by David Essex, I don't think he had any Third Reich connections but he was discovered by the Kray Twins.


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An old photo from the ABBA days - camping in Sweden - where everyone can camp anywhere free for one day. Summer 1976 on the edge of Vänersjö, near Skara, Middle Sweden. On the left, Antonio Frangione (ja, ein echter Itaker), to the right, Fritz. Was a great holiday, strung up around the tent an array of international flags, which we found near Niendorf, before boarding the Ferry for Göteborg. Was a great holiday indeed, toured all around central Sweden, visiting a few old friends. This was taken by the local press photographer of Skaraborgs Tidninger, we were something of a local sensation in the area.  Note, the Prussian WW1 buckle and Pfadfindermesser (ident to HJ Messer) Fritz is wearing.

The newspaper had in its next headlines:


Skaraborgs Tidninger

Tysker campare av en slump Simsjön!


Alter Schwede!



Skara, view of the Cathedral, opposite a Provincial Royal Palace


A souvenir from Sweden in miniature, Runenstein from Norra  Åsarp, Västergötland from Viking times


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CP Canadian Pacific HAMBURG PLAZA HOTEL, 1976, die drei Grazien von der Telefonzentrale, Brigitte Farin, Almut Milani (Ochsner) und Gaby Franciscos,
three collegues of mine during the day, I worked nightshift, from 23.00 till 7.00 am. Brigitte came from East Prussia (Südmasuren) after the war, Almut had a mother from East Prussia, and Gaby was from Hamburg. The disc jockey in the "Blue Satellite" bar & disco in the 24th floor, was Andrew Lee from Middlesex.

The General Manager at the time was Albert Elovic, originally from Prague, a Canadian citizen, he died later as manager of CP Jerusalem Plaza. During the war, he had spent some years in Auschwitz. The night manager was Horst Jansen, from Bremen, who lived a few years in South Africa. At the far side, a view from the large window over the rear of Dammtorbahnhof.


C.P. Manager Albert Elovic (r.)



Fritz at night shift in the Telefonzentrale of CP Hamburg Plaza from 23.00 - till  7.00, this photo from Autumn 1975.


Another pleasant colleague at the switchboard, Christine Kanitz grew up in Italy and Switzerland

Another photo at the switchboard, Marja Kunst from Holland, Christine Kanitz, Disc Jockey Andrew Lee and Inger-Lisa Böje von Denmark


The staff with Master Technician Herrn Carolak (alter Ostpreuße) from T & N Telefonbau. Disc Jockey Andrew Lee can hardly keep his eyes off little Marja: Andrew was a splendid chap, BA in music, etc. and just like one of those officer types in the Charge of The Light Brigade, he lived on coffee, Johnny Walker and Dunhill cigarettes, and his old man piloted a Spitfire during the Battle of Britain.



another colleague: 1975-1977, she turned out to be more than a colleague, Gudrun M. from Wandsbek


Gudrun in the year 2000. We met again in Riewend/Brandenburg, and a few times again in East Berlin. It was a brief encounter.
She now has a new partner and a house 30 km from Schwerin.


Susanne Kratzmann lived in the Richardstraße in Hamburg, she worked nights on the switchboard in Hotel Intercontinental, Fontenoy, near the Alster. Her grandfather served in Pionier-Bataillon 10 in Minden. She now lives in Hildesheim.


Marie Chantal



The new telephonist from America, September 1977



A visit to Copenhagen-Glostrup, February 1976. Fritz, Gitte Jensen and Jean-Paul Bruni (+ 1977) from Geneva. Those were the days, travelled from Hamburg to Glostrup in Jean-Paul's Fiat 500 with a Geneva number plate CH. Gitte was rather surprised to see us when we turned up. A great time was had by all and sundry and a lot to be seen in Köbenhavn.




Departure from Glostrup


Barbara, Kew Gardens, London, May 1974


Richmond Park, May 1974


Richmond Park, July 1974

Magdeburg, DDR, passing through, August 1972



Berlin, Friedrichstrasse, August 1972


Berlin, Unter den Linden, August 1972, note the uniformed men...


Tiergarten, Westberlin, August 1972


Weiße Flotte,  Berlin-Wannsee, August 1972


Le Touquet Paris Plage, Pas de Calais, August 1970

Le Touquet, Paris Plage, pas de Calais, August 1970

Le Touquet, August 1970

Back yard uniform photo ca. 1968

Saint Briac, Bretagne, August 1964


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Here's another one from those days -

and again, from 1976, seems improved

and another couple of 70s hits from the Blue Satellite Disco on the 24th floor of CP Hamburg Plaza Hotel:

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This was also a popular one with Santana...late at night, early morning, near closing

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This one rocks, Berlin Heidi Brühl from 1969


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Another one from yesterday


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Another one posted with Katja Ebstein (see there), Der Stern von Mykonos (1983)
As for the "hairy armpits" of Nena, I think this is generally out now. That was in the times when "Frau" preferred to be "Natur" rather than "Frau rasiert", no make-up, little cosmetic, just normal hygiene, but mostly cleaner than the present generation.

And here's an entirely different one with Vicky Leandos, married as  Freifrau von Ruffin (and since divorced but still enjoying her title and privleges) and living at Gut Basthorst not far from Hamburg:

Die Bouzouki klang durch die Sommernacht (1973) with the spirit of Greece and a melodious air.


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