Sylvia donated old photos in the photo exhibition and these photos revived people's emotion to the old railway station
On December 5th, Sylvia donated her precious family photos collection of the old railway station to Jinan Municipal Archives during the photo exhibition named "Mr. Fischer with the old railway station in Jinan and cultural buildings heritage practices by Shandong Jianzhu University". Ms. Sylvia Fliegenschmid said she was very happy in the process of sharing these old photos with people in Jinan. She also hoped she would come back to this beautiful city again when the Railway Building Museum of Shandong Jianzhu University be accomplished next year.
Emotion of Jinaners to the old railway station was triggered again in the photo exhibition. Sylvia was embraced warmly by two 82-year-old Jinaners and she was moved by the enthusiasm of the audience.
Sylvia found her grandfather's former residence near the railway station.
Sylvia found her grandfather's former residence near the railway station and she brought a handful of dirt to home.
On December 8th, accompanied by Shandong Jianzhu University's associate professor Mr. Jiang Bo, Sylvia couple came to a German architecture at Station Street 3th to found her grandfather's home in Jinan, which has a history of one hundred years in the east of Jinan railway station. During the visit, Ms. Sylvia held the photo of her grandparents' residence in her hand and said “It is a surprise for me to find my grandparents' house in Jinan and I feel very happy to come back to home.”
On the morning of December 11th, Sylvia couple came to the housing removing site in Jinan Guanzhaying Street. When they heard that old railway station would be rebuilt at the construction site, they were excited and said that the rehabilitation effect chart of the station would maintain the original appearance of the old railway station. She wanted to share the good news with her friends and relatives in Germany. Sylvia said that she wanted to bring a handful of dirt from Jinan back to Germany. Therefore, on that day the government official from Tianqiao district made her dream come true. Jinan would rebuild the old railway station and “Roots Trip” caused a sensation in Germany.
Sylvia’s visit also drew the attention of local government in Germany.
Sylvia’s visit also drew the attention of local government in Germany
During an interview with Mr. Bi Xiaoqi, the CPC Secretary of Jinan Tianqiao district, Mr. Bi Xiaoqi told reporters that the North Station Plaza' s demolition work had been basically completed and it was in the process of inviting tenders. It was rebuilt by JCKT to reproduce the elegance of the old railway station's clock tower.
On December 6th, Sylvia told reporters from DZWWW that the root-seeking trip caused a sensation in Germany when she visited the Jinan Municipal Archives. Politicians and people were concerned about her activities in Jinan and several German media wanted to publish these activities. Jinan Municipal Archives would search data of the old railway station in Jinan and Sylvia couple would like to help to find data in Berlin, Munich and some other places.
Sylvia and her husband promised to come back next year.
Many Thanks to friends for accompanying them and to Dazhong website's reports
On the morning of December 12th, the “Root-seeking Trip” of Sylvia came to an end. On behalf of many net friends, reporters from Dazhong website sent a U disk to Sylvia couple as a gift, which contains all news reports, pictures and videos of this trip.
Ms. Sylvia Fliegenschmid accepted the U disk and wanted to say something, but she was too excited to say anything and just sobbed. When she looked at three reporters of Dazhong website accompanied them all the time, Sylvia felt a little sad and tears filled in her eyes.
After she calmed down, Sylvia said emotionally that she didn't know how to describe her mood at that time owing to communicating with people in English. “Thanks to all people for accompanying me. Thanks to Dazhong website for reporting the news. Thank you for doing everything for my family and me.”
On December 13th, Sylvia and her husband went back to Germany and they promised to come back next year.