Ernst Klopp (1900 – 1964) and his Family – Part 33

Signs of Disintegration

The only child left in 1954 with his parents Ernst und Erika Klopp was the 12-year old Peter. With no family workers left on the farm that produced little more than a few eggs from the henhouse and milk from a goat or two, my father’s health being on rapid decline, there remained scant hope  for a successful farming operation and inevitably Father’s dream came to a sudden end. All the Ernst Klopp children eventually emigrated and settled in Western Canada.

The Fountain at the Intersection in the Lower Village – 2003

Four years after the lease agreement with retired farmer Ös came into effect, my father gave up and burdened with a heavy debt load became officially unemployed. He moved into a tiny house at the bottom of the hill where he was often bed-ridden suffering from intense backaches for long stretches of time. In the meantime, my mother found employment as a housekeeper and cook at the Hohenzollern Castle at Sigmaringen. In the meantime, carpenter master Stoll and his wife in Meßkirch took care of little Peter in the role of foster parents, while he was attending the local high school.

Store in the Upper Village – 2003

So after what had begun with a miraculous escape from death and destruction in their home province Pomerania and a promise of fetching a few morsels of the former happiness, the glue that once held the family together loosened and showed definite signs of disintegration.


  1. crowcanyonjournal · February 12

    Oh my! I was hoping that the family would have some pleasant time on the farm!

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  2. Robert Parker · February 12

    Very hard times indeed

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  3. Stella, oh, Stella · February 12

    It must have been hard for your father. A proud man, who cannot take care of his family anymore … that was maybe the last drop after everything that had happened. Mothers seem to just carry on as long as they still have children to feed. Do you see you brothers and your sister from time to time?

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    • Peter Klopp · February 13

      I believe you assessed the feelings of my father very well. Not being able to provide for one’s family, worse becoming dependent on the children’s meager income, must have troubled him very much.

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  4. Pure Glory · February 12

    In the short term it looks like a sad ending. However, all the siblings migrating to western Canada was good. The next generation did much better based on the family foundation and God’s goodness. You, Peter, got your education and new beginnings and adventures with Biene. Love how it turned around in soite of the difficulties.

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  5. Edda · February 13

    Was für eine schwere Zeit das für Euch alle war. Und immer wieder diese schlimmen Rückschläge.. Es ist so traurig, das alles zu lesen.. Aber wie
    “Pure Glory” in seiner Antwort schreibt-Ihr habt alle weitergekämpft und nicht aufgegeben und Euer Leben mit Euren Lieben aufgebaut…
    Herzliche Grüße aus Sottmar!🙋

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    • Peter Klopp · February 13

      Vielen Dank, liebe Edda! Ich habe mich sehr gefreut, von dir deinen lieben Kommentar zu lesen.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Ann Coleman · February 13

    Oh, I’m so sorry to read this! After all your family had been through, they deserved better. Was your experience with the foster parents a good one?

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  7. Amy · February 13

    How very tragic, Peter. I am so sorry. I know that you remained close to at least some of your siblings, so there must have been better years ahead for the family, if not for your father.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Peter Klopp · February 15

      You guessed it correctly, Amy. For the rest of the family, happier times were ahead. Even for my father, there were as you will see a few good years left before he passed away.

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      • Amy · February 17

        I am so glad to hear that, Peter.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Steve Schwartzman · February 14

    In spite of it all. We know that you persevered and eventually thrived.

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  9. kopfundgestalt · February 15

    The hope did not materialize.
    “Once we’re there, we’ll start all over again.”
    This hope was not fulfilled.
    Everyone went his own way.
    Sad, but a common occurrence, especially in times of upheaval.

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  10. Steve Gingold · February 16

    While a sad story, you have a history to share which some of us do not. I have very little recollection of my family beyond my immediate parents. It is a shame that your father suffered these misfortunes while trying to provide for family.

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    • Peter Klopp · February 16

      Thank you, Steve, for your kind comment! I almost started too late with this project. While it is possible to get vital statistics from and similar sites, the information contains only birth, marriage, death dates and perhaps if you are lucky a few additional documents. However, nothing can compare with a real life story.

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  11. Ankur Mithal · February 17

    Sometimes disturbing, sometimes uplifting, but always fascinating, is your story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Peter Klopp · February 17

      I appreciate all your insightful comments very much, Ankur.


  12. toshiyu03site · February 23

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