Wennigsen Monastery Painting

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Painting of the Wennigsen Monastery
Painting of the Wennigsen Monastery

In the late 90s, my parents came to the United States from Germany. It was a big move for them and they were originally only supposed to stay for one year. They ended up staying and they've lived here for around 30 years. My father recently got his citizenship in 2019. This painting is of my father's home town in Germany that I still go to every year other than this one for obvious reason. The painting was made in the early 1900s and it represents how my father and mother left their home country to find a new life in America. My mother, father, and I are the first part of my whole family to move to the United States. My parents had a similar picture of another place in the same town but they ended up not taking that one. It is now being put into the new house my family is building in Germany. The picture first came into possession of my father's side of the family in the mid-1900s and it got passed down to my father. The church shown in the picture is the Wennigsen Monastery. It was built in the early 1100-1200s and was established by the Augustinian nunnery. The church is also very special to my father as his parents were married there and he was also confirmed there. My parents wanted to bring something with them that would remind them of home so they decided to bring this painting and it has hung in our living room ever since.

Place(s): Wennigsen, Germany
Year: 1996

– LS

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