Miner’s Day in Reinsdorf, 11 July 2021

After a long Corona break, the former mining community of Reinsdorf officially celebrated its Miner’s Day again this year.   We were cordially invited by Steffen Ludwig, the mayor. We have had a close friendship with the mayor and the community for some time now. In 2020 we actively supported them in setting up their exhibition on the end of the war in and around Zwickau.

On Sunday we went to Reinsdorf with gifts in our luggage despite grey clouds and some rain.   Typical for the municipality and mayor, the organization and the course of the day worked perfectly. The musical atmosphere was very good mix and the speeches, words of thanks and award ceremonies came from the heart and were acknowledged with a lot of applause. A special eye-catcher were  of course the men in their traditional miner uniform.  After lunch, which was delicious, we went to the unveiling of a new information board on the history of  coal mining and bridges in the region.

On this day  there were  many  opportunities for  discussions with the guests and we were also in conversation with the Lord Mayor of Zwickau,  Mrs. Constance Arndt, for a longer time. She showed a lot  of interest in the story of  the  “REIMAHG”. Our  invitation  to her to visit Kahla and the City Museum was very gladly  accepted.

The day ended after coffee and cake  with the opening of the new exhibition  on the history of the Zwickau coal district and the Morgensternschacht II mine in Reinsdorf.

Reinsdorf unfortunately also has a bit of sad fame. Older citizens probably still remember the biggest mine accident in the GDR, when 123 miners died in an explosion on February 22, 1960.    

We were warmly welcomed into the circle of miners and women. Good cooperation and interrregional association work are quite welcome here and we were publicly thanked.

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