The twins of Riga
|Before we read the article, we want to take still this to the knowledge:
Mrs. Livia Juchter from Berlin and their two daughters sent me the copy of an essay from " Die Kieler Nachrichten " of 27.1.1952. Therein the strange meeting of a dutchman Pieter Juchter with Arved Juchter in Riga is described.
The dutchman originates from an old Jever Juchter sex, which came again from our Edewechter ancestors (around 1200). The Rigaer Juchter has an ancestor, who drove 1699 from the 'Sahrener Hof' into the east country. The Sahrener Juchter is descendants of the Stedinger name cousins, who came right after 1234 of Edewecht into the Wesermarsch. Pieter Juchter from Holland and Arved Juchter from Riga must decrease/go back thus 700 years, in order to come on a common ancestor. And now we read the following amazing lines.
The twins of Riga (by Ludwig Finck)
When Mynheer Pieter Juchter went out of Amsterdam, a businessman, on his first travel to the Baltic Sea into Riga ashore, he was welcomed by a behaebigen inhabitant: "Good Day, Mr. Juchter!" He believed to hear wrong and was surprised that someone should know his name here, where he had to be completely unknown. He began to doubt at his mind, when he sauntered by the roads of the city, because he heard everywhere friendly "Good morning, Mr. Juchter!" "Do I have a visiting card at me?", he asked himself, "what's going on here? How do all the people know me?"
When he was greeted in such a way to the seventh times, he stood still and asked the gentleman: "Please, from where do you know me?" The responding made a face, as if he was not whole with comfort. "But I will know still Mr. Juchter from the Grafenstreet. Had you travelled?" "I am called probably Juchter", answered Mynheer Pieter, "but I am for the first time in my life in Riga. I live in Amsterdam".
The Rigaer wanted to laugh himself inclined. "You must be joking, Mr. Juchter, or you are night transducers. Aren't we still previous week sat together in the hotel of 'Schwarzer Adler'? Did you lose your memory?" "Then I must have a double in Riga", drove it through Pieter. "Do you want to bring me to my home?", did he ask. The native one led him and he was rigidly, when he saw himself in the
Pils Street 17 two men opposite, those, although in different dresses, to be seemed the same person -- brothers, twins, even on the highest concerned: Arved Juchter from Riga and Pieter Juchter from Amsterdam. They had the same lightblond hair, the steel-blue eyes, the narrow sharp nose. They could mistake each other.
A discussion started rapidly. The two gentlemen regarded themself as in a mirror and now questions placed together, as if they would be apart gone years ago etc.. (so far the newspaper).
Mrs. Livia Juchter, daughter-in-law of the Rigaer Juchter, was a witness of this meeting. She wrote me: It must have been in the year 1910, when the two so-called twin brothers learned themselves to know. At that time my father-in-law was already an old gentleman and Pieter Juchter somewhat younger. Parents-in-law came to evening bread with the Holland guest to us. It became an extremely interesting and cosy evening with employments of comparison in movement and habits. Even the remarkably curved small fingers of the two gentlemen excited surprise. Actually, one could only be astonished.
"The twins of Riga" urgently prove, how strong the blood relationship is in our family and how strongly the hereditary factors pierce. All Juchter and Juechter have the same ancestors. They were and are related therefore at all times and at all places equally together. It does not play a role whether we know us or not, or if families did not meet for many centuries. As otherwise a twin similarity could develop between two name carriers after 700 years, which are temporally and spatially so far apart-guessed/advised. No world view, a political confession cannot break the ancestor inheritance, thus also not the blood community, the relationship.
"It is a common there in attitude, expressions, bearing, manner of speaking and only quite in the mental one, as it were a hereditary face ". We would have photos or portraits of the knightly Juchteren around 1200, some of us would be astonished at his similarity with the ancestors. Recently a name cousin wrote me: " In that places X. also still another Juechter lives, with which I am however not related " natural he is related to him.
We draw the set of our relatives too closely. Outside of our family (children, parents, grandparents) we visit only the aunt, the uncle, cousins and cousins, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and parents-in-law. Thus the relationship stops. We should push out their boundaries the far over uncle aunt horizon. Who wants to travel, could carry a few addresses from our list, in order to look up name cousins, who live in its travel direction. You will find magnificent humans, often surprised about over common, perhaps even still another twin similarity discover. I do not want to talk however by any means a relative cult the word, but to only recommend to let more than so far the feeling of the identity become awake in our house. Some famelies have regularly their family day. Adolf Juechter, Itzehoe, means: All Juchter Juechter meets in 1 or 2 years in Bremen.
Still one show the address board: Our famely has the luck to have many rural humans who follow under the unimpaired effect of the laws of nature of their work, unspent, peace radiating over face and shape. They guarantee the stock of our kinship most surely. In addition, the large city human being takes a broad space in our directory. He gave the surface soil up of natural living conditions: it shows the tragic face of our time, with which it hastet forward. It would be good, if name-cousins from country and city often meet each other. Both groups are consciously put side by side in the list. I say good-bye to all my relations with the old Oldenburger greeting:
'Lat jo goot gahn!'