Eslarn in short words. part 1 of ?

Here we would like to give a brief overview of what the market community of Eslarn was, and what it is now.

Part 1 of ?

In the 1970s agriculture was carried out in small parts. There were 23 shops, which however served/ supplied the citizens. Some of them with supraregional importance.
Tourism was almost non-existent. In addition to the usual things, two employees in the municipal administration also took care of tourism.

That was all. During the summer, the market town of Eslarn were given holidaymakers from the so-called Ruhr area. These came from companies active there, received food stamps, and over several years they regularly spent their annual holidays in Eslarn and the region.

It was, so to speak, a project with benefits on each side of the people involved.

1. Workers from the heavy industry were given a favorable business holiday.
2. These could recover from the health stress in healthy air, which certainly also brought
subsidies from the health insurance companies.
3. The rural region of Upper Palatinate could earn a little money with the alleged tourism.
and the people of the country should also be given a little education by the citymen.

We do not know if it was also thought of bringing something like foreign genes into the region.
Eslarn was especially closed.
Even today, the degree of family dependency is spread over two third of the population in the market place.
A scientific work from the year, focusing the research on linguistic peculiarities of the language in the market place showed a unique dialect.
The intermingling of the dialect with other languages, regularly a consequence of foreign immigration, had not taken place here for centuries.
Even though the market town of Eslarn was only seven kilometers away from the so-called „Goldene Strasse“, which was important in the Middle Ages.
Thus the population of Eslarn had deliberately separated and multiplied within itself.

This is the problem with which the population is still struggling today. Above all, however, this cohesion – which has recently become more and more denied – places a burden on the integration of non-locals, also the ones coming from surrounding places.

Through the obligatory migration to the end of the Second World War from the former East German territories, Eslarn received an increase of the population from originally 2000 to more than 4000 persons.
However, many of them left the Eslarn during  the next 10 years, and those who took fixed residence themself formed a specific, independent group inside the village.

It is particularly striking, that none of the so-called old families can prove their existence in Eslarn for more than 150 years. This doesnt matter.´, but …

This correlates with the historical evidence that in Eslarn, a Jewish community had existed very early , before during the Thirty Years‘ War and passing soldiers the original inhabitants no longer found a basis for existence.
We think precisely for these reasons, the community of Eslarn refuses to open up their own community archives and attaches great importance to the fact that beer was already brewed here since 1522.
Important: The doorstone, located at the municipal brewery, dates from 1522, but never is a original part of this building. 😉
So the market town of Eslarn is very special.
Even without those things which had cost the lifes of hundreds maybe thousands of exploited prisoners of war, in the last days of 1945, or without those things happend from the end of the 1950th till – some persons say today – in matters of pedophilia and child abuse.

Sequel follows.