By Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz
Even if she was once for a few years the spouse of a pastor, Annemarie Waechter Arnold was once identified for her dislike of spiritual speech and pious utterances, who prefer in its place to precise her religion in sensible gestures of affection. a contented and full of life girl, she touched the lives of millions with deeds of generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Few who knew her as an grownup might have well-known her because the youngster who wrote in her diary: "There is just not anything in me, i'm not anything, i've got no opinion, no conviction, no path, no nothing...what is God? i do not comprehend no matter if i think in him or do not believe in him...this internal loneliness is the worst factor there's, occasionally it might kill you." This publication is the tale, instructed in Annemarie's personal phrases, of her course from doubt and depression to a lifetime of function, religion, and pleasure. Annemarie was once set in this course while she answered to a choice from God so robust and direct that it abolished all her doubts. This name led her to a existence in Christian group the place she may devote herself thoroughly to practising God's coming state of justice and love. As she wrote, "It is infinitely reassuring to understand that there's an absolute fact, an infinitely nice love. it really is superb to grasp that one doesn't need to squander one's existence, one doesn't have to ask anymore what existence is basically for, what its goal is."
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By midday everything was hanging on the line, which was good, because just then Emi-Margret appeared with visitors from her home. They were on a trip with the older school children from the Sparhof and came to visit her, ten of them in all. We served them semolina pudding and then they rested for quite a while in the garden before hiking on. Years later, Anni had a different perspective on this meal: “We were supposed to cook them lunch, and our best idea was to cook a big pot of semolina. We thought it was an enormous quantity.
For me this week has gone at a run. On Thursday we have to hand in our composition on fairy tales, and I will have to work industriously on that, but right now there’s a little pause. Yesterday evening our class met with Frau Direktorin and we discussed our summer plans. It is all figured out to the last day. It’s certainly very nice to have a proper vacation in summer, although it’s sad that it doesn’t coincide 42 t h a l e c o l l e g e exactly with ours at home. When we start in the afterschool care department in September, we’ll still learn all about summer activities and that will of course be very nice.
I can understand very well how one can feel drawn to the Youth Movement, because that was its good spirit, which, I believe, has also gripped me now. Yes, it definitely has! A year later Anni wrote: 20 l e a v i n g h o m e The summer solstice celebration in June 1926 was decisive and made it clear to me where I belonged. I tried to strive for these ideals. I felt at peace now because nothing in me was exaggerated or inflated. In the fall of 1926, Anni moved to different lodgings in Naumburg. Her new roommate was Irmgard Blau, who had just come from Halle to attend the Oberlyceum.
Anni. Letters and Writings of Annemarie Wächter by Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz