Born in Hanau
by Chris Tully
(Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.)
Bürgerfest 2010 at Schloss Philippsruhe
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!