Who are the Transylvanian Saxons?

“We are in Transylvania; and Transylvania is not England. Our ways are not your ways, and there shall be to you many strange things.” – Bram Stoker, Dracula   The Saxons that settled in Transylvania have no relationship with the Anglo-Saxons, nor the Saxons found in the present German state of Saxony. They are aContinue reading “Who are the Transylvanian Saxons?”


I never knew about my Transylvanian Saxon ancestry until I did genealogy research. My paternal grandfather was the youngest of 10 children, born in America, to Transylvanian Saxon parents who came to America in 1900. My grandfather spoke German and English, but never spoke much about his family’s origins. The only thing he said wasContinue reading “DNA-THE STORY OF DISCOVERY”

Die Orgel/The Organ in Meschendorf

How does an original church organ work? It requires an organ player and an assistant to pump air into the organ. Meschendorf (Mesendorf) , in Transylvania Romania still has its original organ in the well kept Transylvanian Saxon Fortified Church from the 12th century. In this short clip I will show you how it isContinue reading “Die Orgel/The Organ in Meschendorf”


Schritt in die Vergangenheit – Peter Pitters Unsere 12 Tage lange Reise nach Siebenbürgen war voll durchgeplant und nur Freitag der 11.08. 2017 war als ganzer Tag zur freien Verfügung vorgesehen. Einen Tag vorher hatte ich das Glück Jessica Klein kennenzulernen. Sie ist die Autorin des Heimatbuches von Meschendorf und sie bat mich ein paarContinue reading “SCHRITT IN DIE VERGANGENHEIT”


Press Here to see the original version in Italian: Press here EAST JOURNAL 1 – How did your interest come about Transylvanian Saxons? My grandfather is a Transylvanian Saxon. When I was young he would tell me about his and his family’s life in Transylvania, and about Meschendorf, the village where he was born andContinue reading “INTERVIEW WITH EAST JOURNAL”