Born in Hanau

by Chris Tully
(Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.)

Bürgerfest 2010 at Schloss Philippsruhe

Bürgerfest 2010 at Schloss Philippsruhe

Bürgerfest 2010 at Schloss Philippsruhe Hanau Lamboyfest 2010 Old city wall in Hanau

I am the American(really German-American) who created the video of Hanau. As noted on the video, it is where I was born in 1964. I was also given up for adoption shortly after for what I was told were economic reasons.
I was able to locate my birth mother a few years ago, who had immigrated to the states. She let me know my father was a U.S. serviceman serving in Hanau. "Hi dad, where ever you are!"

I cannot tell you the sense of pride and emotion I felt experiencing the little town (as I had no recollection having been brought to the states when I was 2). In many respects, I felt a piece of me, long missing, had been found.

Hanau is an immaculate little town and the people friendly.
I especially enjoyed the market place held on the weekend...all the people bustling around, smells of sausages and food filled the air and the melodic chimes of the Neustädter Rathaus clock.
I used pre WW2 images as well as images of today's Hanau out of respect of both times, for my heritage and also because I was a product of post-war.

Hanau is definitely worth a little visit when you are in the vicinity of Frankfurt!

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Oct 20, 2016
Denise- Eveline Degenhardt
by: Dee

Denise,

I was born in Hanau and have located my birth family. Please feel free to email me at preshush at Gmail dot com.


Your search may be easier than you think.

Sincerely,
-Dee-
Search Angel
*Always Paying it Forward*

Oct 20, 2016
I saw the movie " It's Mad Mad Mad World in the Kaserne
by: Jim von Hessen-HomIburg Kaserne

As I walked back to the barracks I wondered
what all those M-60 tanks were there for and
then I realized I was still in the army and
still had over a year to go. The elector of
Hanau is the guy who was a coin collector and made
Amschel Bauer real rich, So Bauer changed his
name and took over the finances of the world.
The world was MAD in 1964, but it is real crazy
now. I assume the Bauer family is doing OK.
They changed it to Rothschild. The Fourth Reich
of the Rich is where you can read the whole
story. Des Griffin is the author of a lot of
books about what really happened. So now you know
why the Goldscheidhaus is in Hauau .


Oct 20, 2016
my awesome time in germany
by: sp/4

I was stationd at pioneer kaserne /19th maintance co. 1973-1974.how awesome of a country and city it was. I still am in awe of what I experienced rindsworth und senf always will be addicted to that

Oct 05, 2016
Searching ...
by: Denise

I was born in Hanau, Germany, June 3, 1957, as Eveline Degenhardt. My mother's name was Doris Degenhardt.I was adopted by an American family via an orphanage run by nuns when I was about two years old. I know absolutely nothing else about my family or background. However, I do have my adoption papers and German birth certificate. Where would I start to possibly find out more information?

May 10, 2016
Searching for family
by: Erika Boettcher

Hello, I am searching for any family! I was born in Altenhaslau, Germany in 1955. My mother was Waltraud Boettcher born in Potsdam, Germany in 1936. My my never told my father of me, and I understand his name to be Philipp Buchmann, Not sure of spelling! Some of the Surnames in my family are Doescher, Ludtke, Hoffmann, Boettcher. I am 61 yrs. old and hoping to find my bio father or any family from my home country. I live in the U.S. and came her in 1960. I was 5 yrs.old. My Great Grandparents owned and operated the Golden Lion in Stralsund, Germany. My mother was very discrete and did not talk about our family! Any help finding family, would be greatly apprecaited. Thank you!

Apr 15, 2016
Was born in Hanau Germany 1955
by: Lisa Sorensen

Looking for my birth mother whose name is Magaret Hack. I was born Nov. 24, 1955 to her. She gave me up to an Military couple. She is probably 79 or so. Any information about her or her family would be greatly appreciated....I am interested in my medical records from my family.

Feb 29, 2016
Searching
by: T.C

I was born in Hanau, Germany on 4/22/69. My name at birth was Andreas Perrone. At 3 months I was orphaned. From what I have learned my mother's name was Milli Perrone (Assunta) and my father's name was Salvatore Perrone. At 46 years old, I am not to concerned with reuniting with them or even asking why. I am interested to see if I have any siblings. Hoping to get info on where/how to start finding info on them.

Thanks

Jul 19, 2015
searching for answers....
by: Sebeikat

My mother was born there, as was I, my father was stationed in Frankfurt. My mother does not speak much of it... My grandparents have passed. I was born at the hospital in Hanau. She was the oldest of 5. Two sisters are in the US (Sabrina and Heike).... I know there is a brother named Frank that is still there, and into the soccer scene. I know Sebeikat is not a common name so I am just reaching for anything. I know my grandfather was a painter..... I was born in 1980. My mother in 1962. She was 17 when she got pregnant. I really want to get more information regarding this side of my family....

Bitte,
Sabrina

Jun 13, 2015
Difficult
by: Rita

Has your boyfriend a birth certificate? Is the name of the father listed there?

If he has none, he could contact the registry office in Frankfurt to get one from verwaltung.amt34 at stadt-frankfurt.de

I've described which info is needed in an answer from January 02 2012 further down on this page.

When he has the correct name, and hopefully the prooof that this man is listed as his father, he could contact the registration office in Hanau for his address stadtladen at hanau.de

I am not sure if you can manage to get all the info and certificates by email, because they usually charge a fee. But you can try.

Good luck.

Jun 08, 2015
Trying to help boyfriend
by: Anonymous

My boyfriend (German-American) was born in Frankfurt Germany in August, 1969 and returned to the states with his mother a couple of months later. She was in Germany with her parents (her dad was in the service) and sister from 1967 to late 1969. His biological father is a German man who lived in Hanau. We have a name....Wolfgang Schliech or Schlitz (not sure which or of the spelling) and he was a few years older than she was (she was born in 1953). My boyfriend has often wondered about his biological dad and whether he is even still alive. Any help would be appreciated.

May 30, 2015
Memories....
by: Monique

Today, I found a picture of my most favorite teacher from Hanau Elementary -Mrs Twigg - she forever changed my life.

I ran acrross this page while doing search to see what ultimately happened to her and some others.
Mr Wong, Mr Hanna, Mrs Yeager, Principal Mceachren.Mrs Trueheart....

My family was in Germany from 1976 - 1979 and I still have the fondest of memories from my time there.

Dec 09, 2014
Das alte
by: Wolfgang O

Ich wolte nur mal meine meinung sagen.
Ich war in hanau geboren. Und Habe vielle .
Gute zeiten in hanau erlebt. Aber wie es Jetzt
Ist da will Ich kein hanauer sein.
Das bürgerfest ? Warum nicht im sloss wie es war in den .
1970 jaren Und das lamboyfest in der stad Und nicht im wald
Wie es war . Ja die Zeit 😳 än den bürgermrister von hanau
Eine bitte ! Bring das bürgerfest doch noch ein mal in das sloss wie es war nur ein mal . Das wäre geil.
Ein alter hanauer

Sep 08, 2014
Norm Jarvis
by: Ken Hatley

HI Norm,
The K-9 Handler I remember most, his last name was Thielman, another one at the Marionstrasse was Burgess, a red headed onlder guy that ran the station like a desk sgt, another one was Berndt Wagner, a big blond headed guy, a great guy, am\nd a slender dark headed one named Jurgen also, I think Jurgen was from the LandPoliziei. I also taught English at the Hessian Polizei Academy in Hanau.
I think I remember your name, I was sent there from Frankfurt toward the end of 1976. I can't remember if Col Chesney was srtill PMN in Frankfurt, or Col HOlloway was the PM then.
Ken Hatley

Sep 07, 2014
The real reason for W W 2
by: Jim von Hessen Homburg

Deanna Spingola explains it very well in pages

58 thru 61 of her book " The Ruling Elite "

which you can get from Amazon or direct from

Deanna by going to www.spingola.com. I was in

awe of how many Gast Arbeiters were in Hanau

while there was so much unemployment in the US.

The Germans know something about how to run an

economy that the powers that be in the US do

want you to know about.

So Long Jim von Hessen-Homburg

Sep 06, 2014
Help find my family
by: Anonymous

I am looking for my mothers family from Hanou either Repp or Koerner I was born in 1946 in Frankfurt I do not know my father. I am sure he was an American. Before I die I would like to find some of my fiamily

Jul 22, 2013
Search Angel with offer to help others find Birth Families in Germany
by: Dee

I too was adopted and have since found my 9 siblings and information about my Mother who passed in the mid 1970's. I have since helped many people locate their birth families. As a rule the American GI's (birth Fathers) are rarely found. It is said if a GI impregnated a German woman with no intent to marry her, they were dishonorably discharged. Most of them hit the trail for home (the USA). Some women got lucky and the GI would take her to America. This was as has been posted earlier the intent for most pregnancies. If the GI left Germany then the woman was unable to support the child and more times than not, the child was adopted.

If you would like my help please email me at
preshush at gmail dot com.

Thanks and Good Luck with your searched!!
Great video and site!!

~Dee~
Search Angel
*Always Paying it Forward*

Apr 12, 2013
Military Police
by: Norm Jarvis

Ken Hatley, I guess you picked up liaison with the Polizei after I left. No one could speak enough German to fill my position when I rotated to the Provost Marshal’s aide prior to leaving for good in July 1976. I too had the privilege of working with the Hanau city and state Polizei while stationed there as an MP from 1974-76. I can vouch for the friendliness and brotherhood of the Polizei there. What a blast. I wish I could remember their names. I really looked forward to an occasional drive around the area with “Lazo” (phonetic), my favorite K-9, and his human partner, I believe his name was Jürgen. I was constantly invited to their family events and parties. Gifts of dried trout from a weekend of fishing were dropped off at the MP station for me to enjoy, and Christmas parties with their family, which was priceless to a young man so far from home. I developed a fondness for the German people and the countryside while there. I worked as a policeman, 2 years as a K-9 officer, through college and then joined the US Secret Service which allowed me to return to Hanau in 1991. I was in Munich with VP Dan Quail and took a few days of vacation and drove to Hanau. Unfortunately that was the last time I was there. Much had changed, but Pioneer Kaserne was still active and the MP station was still there. All the “short timer” boots were taken off the power lines however (You would appreciate what that means), and the other Kasernes had been shut down. Now it’s all gone I guess.

Thanks for sharing your memories. It caused me to reflect as well, especially after losing my buddy, another MP from Hanau, to cancer last month. We were in constant contact and shared a lot of memories of Hanau when we got together each year.

Jan 30, 2013
Lost Love
by: Tim Draper

I was in the service in Germany, met a girl named Samona and lost contact with her. Don't recall her last name, but I remember her father was spanish and mother was german. She had a brother named Frank and her father was a diamond setter and ran his business at home. Is there anyone who may know her or her whereabouts please contact me at Drtim5660@msn.com. Thank you. TIM

Jan 29, 2013
Looking for my Daughter in Laws Family
by: AnonymousShirley Cates

Lisa's mom was born in Hanau Aug 1 1931 her Name was Frieda Lisalotte Elise Kausel her mother was Eleanor( not sure which way it was spelled in Germany don't know the fathers Name, Frieda was with or married to a Italian(don't know name) and had a daughter Nora Lacretia born 21 Aug 1954 at Hanau, and then Married a American that was stationed at army base(anyone know the name of base)near Frankfort in 1958-62 and came to the states with him. the mother Eleanor later married a Rudy Feldman of the Hanau area, I would like to find a Kausel that might remember these people, or someone who could or would look up maybe birth records in Hanau, as there is no way Lisa or I would ever be able to go to Germany. Anyway Lisa has no family left other then us in america, and would like to know shw belongs to someone over there, Thanks this is a neat site, sjcates@live.com

Dec 13, 2012
Fond Memories
by: Joanne

Wow! It was wonderful to hear and see Hanau once again! I was fortunate to be a teacher at Hanau Elementary School for two years in the late 70's. I worked for Dept. of Defense Schools and taught 1st Grade at the annex called Sportsfield. Our classrooms were actually old army buildings called quansta-huts. Since Hanau is the home of the Grimm Brothers, the community painted the front of our classrooms to look like scenes from the famous fairy tales. My classroom was Hut 273, Hansel and Gretel. It was one of the most amazing times of my life. I even met my husband there (He was an officer in the Army stationed in Hanau.) Our school had a "Volksmarch" and I treasure the wonderful medal we designed for the event I will never forget the wonderful people of Hanau and how they were so nice to Americans.

Nov 08, 2012
I frequently think of Hanau
by: Jim

I was in Hessen-Homburg Kaserne from July '63 til

Sept.'65. I cried when I left. I remember Andre'

from Chicago the owner of the Teddy Bar which was

near the Stadt Bad and Robert who had Schell-Imbis

on Lamboy Strasse near the Kaserne. Robert was

from England. I remeber a tall blonde girl named

Franceska who was 13 in 1963 and she looked a lot

like Paris Hilton. I remember a girl from England

who taught school in Hanua and she drove a Mini-

Minor a red one and she would take a load of

us G.I.s from the Milch Bar back to the Kaserne.

The was a conductress on the bus that went from

the Kaserne to the Freiheit Platz that was ex-

tremely attractive and the women who tended bar

at the Jazz Club which was only open on week-ends

and she was also movie star beautiful. I remember

being in a Gasthaus right after JFK was killed

and some woman came up to me and tried to explain

to me how bad she felt about JFK. I could get

an excellent Wiener Schnittzell there and a small

beer for 4 DM at the time. I did not like the

Army, but I really liked Germany.

Oct 08, 2012
Great Times in Hanau
by: Tom Mayo

Best time in the world in Hanau. Met my future wife there. Married in Berlin.
Stationed at Hutier (155th Sig , 2nd Support Bde).
Used to drink at Zum Storchennest. Does anybody
remember the bar and what street it was on?

Sep 01, 2012
Daughter of Kenneth Lynn Sloan
by: Lisa Sloan

I was not born in Hanau but had a sister born there. My Father was stationed over there around 1957-1959? not sure for sure, and while over there. Doris came close and I was hopefully. Doris how many people lived in Hanau during this eary days of the 1950's? If you could help me in anyway I really want to know. It is very imperative that I contact her because I want to know her very badly. I know she exists but do not know her Mother's name or her's.

My email is innparadise@live.com. I hope you see this and contact me.

Lisa Sloan

Feb 28, 2012
Birth Certificate
by: Doris

Thank you Rita for your response on my situation and your time spent in the research. I will certainly attempt to email request for my original birth certificate. I'm enjoying reading everyone's comments of times spent in Hanau. My dream is to one day go back and revisit my place of birth. Last time I was there was in 1977 with my mother after the death of my American step-father. Since this time I understand the US military post is no longer there.
I appreciate reading this blog about my heritage.
Thank you all!!

Feb 28, 2012
Lived in Hanau
by: LaGirl

I really think of Hana often remembering the good times there. My ex-husband was in the Army and we lived off base also. I still know my old address: 2020 Intergartel Rodenbach-2nd Floor, Hana, Germany. I've aged now but still plan to visit before I part from this world. Toom Mart was the place to shop. Frankfurt was a good place also. Never shopped on base. Everyone their was very friendly. The Taxi cab drivers thought I was a War Baby that means that my father is american solider and mother is german. I would reply nix warbaby american mother and american father. Really enjoyed it. So clean the air and the neighborhoods. You never saw trash on the ground. Do they still have on the beginning of each month called junking. Oh!!!!!!!!!!no stray animals either.

Jan 02, 2012
Weather in Hanau
by: Rita

Temperatures are like spring, 10°C to 13°C on New Years Day. Today it was raining all day, and a cool change with more wind and rain is forcasted. No winter yet. Actually, I don't need snow :).

Rita

Jan 02, 2012
Thyank You
by: Ken Hatley

Thank you so much for the information, and quick response. What is the weather like there now?
Ken H

Jan 02, 2012
Hanauer Anzeiger
by: Rita

Hi Ken,

I am pleased to read that you have such positive memories of Hanau, and that you are able to visit every now and then.

The daily newspaper here is the Hanauer Anzeiger, one of the oldest newspapers in Germany.

Rita

Jan 02, 2012
Hanau Newspaper
by: Ken Hatley

Does any one remember the name of the News paper in Hanau? Also, I want to see if I can get a copy of a story that ran in the late 70's there that was a big story, it was about three MP's that were stabbed on Kramer Strasse. I think it was 1977, so if anyone that is there could get their contact info for either their archives or the number I could call to get it, I would be most grateful.
Thanks so much. I hope all had a Merry Christmas and a will have a wonderful New Year, Frohe Weinacthen and Glucklis Nues Jahr. I apologize for not having my German alphabet on htis computer, but the message is from the heart.

Ken Hatley

Jan 02, 2012
How to obtain a birth certificate from Hanau
by: Rita

Hello Doris, and everyone interested,

I finally managed to call the civil registry office (Standesamt) in Hanau to ask them how you can get a birth certificate (Geburtsurkunde) if you were born in Hanau.

The nice man told me you can request it by email. Normally, they charge 10 €, but perhaps they'll just send it for free to the US.

Information they need:

1) Date of birth
2) Your full name and sex
3) Name of your mother

If you have more information and names send it too. If you were adopted, let them know, perhaps they have information about that as well. Explain what you know about the circumstances surrounding your birth.

Send your enquiry to

Standesamt Hanau, email: standesamt@hanau.de

You will receive a certified (beglaubigt) excerpt from the register of births (Geburtenregister).

Hope this helps.

Rita


Dec 20, 2011
Birth Certificate
by: Ken Hatley

Yes, you could go to the Rathuas, and give them your date of birth. Do you know your Mother's maiden name? That would also have been yours, or you can possibly check with the Hospitals in Hanau.

Dec 20, 2011
Birth Certificate - Hanau
by: Doris

Yes, I was born in Hanau in 1952 to unwed German mother. Adopted by an American GI at age of six when they married. Naturalized thru mother's citizenship but never had an original birth certificate. I've lived in the states most of my life but would like to get my real birth certificate. Anyone out there have any suggestions of how I can retain this cert from Hanau? Thank you for your help.

Nov 27, 2011
MY Life IN Hanau
by: Ken Hatley

You are so correct on Hanau, I spent almost 4 years in Hanau as a Military Policeman, and lived off post, had a nice apartment on Koerner Strasse, near the LandPolizei Sation. I spoke German and was the unit translater of the C.O. quite frequently. Also, when I went to work, it was on Patrol with the German Polizei. We became like brothers, especially Berndt Wagner, and Mr Thielman, one of the K-9 Officers. I worked with many of the Polizei, but these guys were special. I was invited many times to their homes for parties, ans they were to mine and my room mate, anotehr MP named Boib Fish forme Keene NH. It was the best time of my life, and a beautiful town. I was there from 1974 until 1978. My life is so much richer for those years in Hanau, and the people I worked and served with, and all the Bar owners, Polizei, and yes even the girls of the evening, because we had to work close with them. I had no affairs with any of those girls, other than friends, and some gave us Christmas presents at Christmas. They knew if there was trouble we were there, and many of the border troops would be out 3 and 4 months with no sight of women or allowed to dring, then when they would get in they had all that money and extra money they got paid for combat pay on the border, or hazardous duty. So they came to town and would try to drink everytihning in town, now want to pay their bar bills, bet in fights, not want to pay the girls, or the cab drivrs, so we were down there setitling the situations, and protecting the citizens, and the soldiers. The G.I.'s never saw it as that:) But the people were so nice, Taxi Driviers, the Streeet Girls, the bar owneres and other businesses. They used to tell us we were the good guysa because we wore the white hats:) The Germnans loved American Westersn, and the coboys always wore white hats, and the bad guys always wore black hats. I love Hanau, and Hanau will be a part of me all of my life. I do go back fairly regulary as I am in the Music Industry and am in Europe frequently. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful pictures and video of Hanau.

Oct 20, 2011
Can I somehow help?
by: Florian

Hey dear all,
I´m living in the area where you guys are talking about.Alzenau/Germany.Dettingen-Karlstein ,Hanau all my area. :) I observed that the spelling of you re mums name doesnt look "german like".Maybe hats the reason you couldn´t find here? Just a idea. Maybe try "Katharina Hildegard Linder". This would be a "typical" german way to write the name.Also with Heinal.I know many people with the name "Heinel".Maybe they were mixing up some "e"´s and were using "a"´s instead.

Btw...after what you were writing in german it´s that she was born under the name "Katharina Hildegard Heinel" and then after marridge changed here name into "Katharina Hildegard Linder".
Hope I could help a bit.

Cheers,
Florian

Mar 10, 2011
I was brought up down the road from there
by: Rennie

I was brought up down the road in Karlstein, (B8) I have lived in the States since 1958 but back and forth as my husband was Military and we were stationed at Pioneer three times. We lived at my parents house each time we were stationed there. Only about 10 KM from Hanau.Used to be called Dettingen. I am sorry you were given up for adoption and pray it was a good experience for you, in 1964 noone should have been given up for adoption due to econamic reasons, Germany was booming financially. Thank you for the great video and God bless

Feb 04, 2011
Hi Rita
by: Athony Sexton

Hi Rita,
Thank you for taking the time and looking for the Heinal Name. I do have a birth certificate that bears my mothers full name ( katherina Hildagard Linder. Geboren Heinal I'm assuming that the name may be a married last name but not sure.
Anthony

Jan 29, 2011
Phone book search
by: Rita

Hi Anthony,

I searched for the name "Heinal" in the local phone book with no luck. There was not a single match.

Please post again here if you find out more.

Chris, I was on the market this morning and heard the bells chiming and suddenly thought about your great videos.

Rita

Jan 29, 2011
Response to Anthony regarding Born in Hanau
by: Chris Tully

Hi Anthony,

Thank you for your posting.

The most helpful tip I could give to you is to try to visit Germany. While this is not a cheap venture, it is easier to get information at the source of your birth.

If your German birth certificate states your biological mother's address at the time you were given up for adoption, that is the city's rathaus you should visit. The Germans keep exceptional records, though a lot of the ones before our time were destroyed in bombing during the war.

Another suggestion is to visit Churches in the area you were born, as they may have records as well.

Bring your German birth certificate with you and any information you have regarding your birth mother and birth name.

It's well worth it and there is probably a whole other family out there!

I hope you don't mind, but I responded to your email address as well and gave you my contact information if you would like more details.

Best of luck!

Chris Tully

Jan 28, 2011
Great Video
by: Anthony Sexton

Sir,
I Thank you for bringing me closer to my birthplace, you see like you I to was adopted in the early 60's to a American adoptive father and a german mother who both now are passed. I have been now real interested in trying to at least finding my bith mother just to know about her and my true make up. again like you I'm sure my bith father too was an american serviceman not really sure none the less I like to at least know my mother born in hanau 1960 last name @ birth Heinal. Could you give me any tips on how or where I can start my search. Again thank you for the brief tour of Hanau.
respectfully,
Anthony,
Dillon5499@aol.com

Sep 15, 2010
Hanau
by: Rita

Hi Chris,

Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad you like the city where you were born. It must have been very moving to come back to Hanau, going back to the roots.

Many German Girls had relationships with American guys in the 50 and 60s. They hoped for a better life in the US, and for opportunities they didn't see in post-war Germany. Some love stories didn't find a happy end, unfortunately.

Hanau's citizens had always good relations with the Americans stationed in the city. Especially young people were fascinated by the American way of life, rock music, jazz and swing. On the other hand, Americans were happy to make friends and explore a bit of the surrounding areas with them.

Well, the era of the internet might help you to find your dad some day.

I agree with you, Hanau is definitely worth a visit.

Rita

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