Diary started by Any Wiese

Page 1 - German to English Translation:

One evening Susi was sitting in her bed clean, behaved and nice, she keenly studied a storybook that she got from aunt Bockmann, she was reading out loud, adorable little sentenses with a rythm regarding the pictures.  A life of childlike happiness, there is a great fantasy in this child.  Beginning of May 1928

You may also view all her Diary pages with pictures on MemKpr.com here: http://www.memkpr.com/bio/353  

Diary by Any Wiese - May 6, 1928

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Susi makes her first attempt at singing to the piano.
She sits down, strikes a note or how she calls it touches a note or more, just the way she overheard it in aunt Any's class (she spends hours in the next room with her doll in her arms) and repeats tones, partly hitting the precise note.  I am sure she has a musical taltent lying dormant within her. 

May 10, 1928

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Susi is sitting in the armchare, attentively listening to aunt Any practice.  A student she (Susi has to leave the room.  She goes into the kitchen to the maid and says she needs to practice and she starts to.  When she is urged not to be loud and disturb the class she goes into the pantry after asking Lily if she wouldn't bother anyone there.  After a few A-NG-A she asks Lily "am I doing it right?" she is even checking the singing position of her mouth. 

May 11, 1928

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Her patent-leather shoes and stocking that were brought to her from Hamburg are her pride and joy.  She calls herself a chic and elegant lady.  The predispositions for vanity and orderliness are given.  She also has the traits of being behaved and humble - thankful. 

May 12, 1928

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She is already asking if aunt Any is done with her classes - she already washed her hands, she wants to practice.  When she is allowed she would like to sing.  She does this freely. Favorite song "die Kirschen" (the cherries) listen to a musician play that song: http://sep.me/1wd  her words, her own fantasy.
She wants to sing for Bubi (her brother John) that she seems to love so very much a golden creature. 

Additional Pages Translated by Jörg

Jörg's email arrived January 4th, 2016 with 6 additional translated pages for us to enjoy.  This is the message he sent along with them.

Dear Kassie, dear Ray!

We wish you and your family a merry Christmas!

My brother Christian and his family are also sending their greetings!

You will find the next text Emmi translated further down. It is very beautiful even if it was not written by Susis mother! -I did not know that the sister of your grandmother, aunt Any, was a musician. Family Wiese listened to music a lot. Uncle Otto played the violin to us on our birthday parties when we were children. He had an amazing vibrato. His brother Adolf, the youngest one of the Wiese siblings even was a career musician. He had an orchestra and performed alternately with the musician Bernhard Ette in the “Wintergarten” in Berlin (see attachment 1 + 2).

Music by Bernhard Ette, Adolf Wiese´s music must have sounded similarly: (before clicking on this first link, turn off the background music on the top of this page by clicking on Sound)
http://sep.me/1wh    https://goo.gl/photos/m6tJvGHeAfU4mj857

With love,


PS: I sent an email to the Settje-Family in Bremen asking for the letters from America. If they answer me I will inform you!




May 13th 1928

Susis Cuxhaven Diary
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I tell her that she is my sweet moppet a lot. That is why she comes running to my music room today smiling from cheek to cheek hugging me and yelling: “But you are my sweet moppet!”

My dear little soul.


May 15th 1928

Susis Cuxhaven Diary
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Tomorrow, practice, going to mommy after Christmas again, then playing with Bubi, who is not being naughty.

Mommy buys so many rolls, they taste delicious!

Great childish mind!

May 16th 1928

Susis Cuxhaven Diary
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She often says to uncle Einar: “You are my sweet dear”.

She got a paper doll with chocolate from one of my students yesterday.

Uncle Einar got a whole piece of chocolate. When he asks for another piece today she says: “No-you got a big piece yesterday and you nibbled today, it is Any´s turn today, she did not get anything yet”.

A very good memory!

May 18th 1928

Susis Cuxhaven Diary
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Susi´s first singing lesson!

After practising all day and asking me after every single one of my lessons if she could get a lesson, even giving up on hours playing outside and telling everyone that she meets that she would have a lesson in a moment.-

I finally give in and make the first try at singing with moppet:

She sits in the chair attentively, room for schooling, the first exercise, third intervals

The repeats every note with ease, best when I sing first.

The sound of the piano seems to still be a little unfamiliar to her. Then we do “ng” exercises for holding notes using the ones that she repeats hitting the precise note, partly holding the note for a long time.-

Inherent ease!

Before the lesson ends she asks if she is getting another lesson tomorrow.

She is trying the exercises we did in her bed in the evening.

Certainly a singing talent this little 4 year old girl.

May 19th 1928

Susis Cuxhaven Diary
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She tortures me the entire day, she would like 2 hour long singing lessons.

After trying a little while I tell her we are finished.


That has not been 2 hours!

May 24th 1928

Susis Cuxhaven Diary
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Malice is her biggest enemy!

She falls into a big puddle, dirty from head to toe, after acting sublime to uncle Einar and teasing him. He is laughing about her and she is getting very angry about that. She starts screaming: “It is your fault that I fell, you did not say I should hold on to you”.

Furious: “I will go home tomorrow!”. When she hears that she will have to get up early she delays her plans to the day after tomorrow.

May 30th 1928

Susis Cuxhaven Diary
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Susi can not bear being mad!

Uncle Einar was upset with her and he ignored Susi for 2 days.

After eating lunch Susi suddenly gets up, looks at uncle Einar with a questioning look and says: “Uncle Einar can we be good again?”

No answer, I try to persuade him, she goes over to him and strokes his hand

“Let us be good again!”

June 2nd 1928

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Susie imagining becoming a singer!


Aunt Any, will I be a big singer when I grow up?

How do you become a singer?

You would have to work a lot, practice and sacrifice -so- but I practice all the time!

Great childish imagination, often deep questions.


June 8th to June 18th 1928

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Susi stays at aunt limpfoot from June 8th to June 18th 1928 because I am traveling to Berlin.

She left ecstatically with her overnight bag, her dolly etc.

On the 19th she comes back just as glowing.

Oh aunt Any now i am back here.

She opened the door for a craftsman that she had never seen before at Mrs. H´s frontdoor and said: Please! Come in! She also sat down on the lowest steps of a ladder - so another man would not fall down!


June 28th. 1928

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Susi and Christel on the porch at aunt limpfoot´s on June 28th.

View her picture in the Gallery from this date. 

June 30th 1928

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Susi´s first swim at the big beach, but the water still seems to be too cold for her liking.

She wants to wait until it gets warmer and the waves not as tall.-

I am so small and the waves are so tall, little kids can´t swim in that.


July 3rd 1928

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Susi doesn´t love cold water.

We wanted to go for a swim, she suddenly said I will better stay with aunt Any or I will cry again, if the water is so cold. Want to wait until it´s warmer.

 Reasoning won!

July 27rd 1928

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We were in a car crash. We luckily got away with a big scare. We walked home. Susi says that if we would all be dead we couldn´t have written to Mommy that we are dead. 

July 16th 1928

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Susi feels so comfortable now, that she doesn´t want to go back to Berlin!

She plays a concert with the children. She comes upstairs so exited, I have to hurry, we are playing a concert and I am the singer. I will have to sing in a minute!

Aware, she begins to sing very beautiful already.


July 19th 1928

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A letter from Mommy finally arrived 4 Weeks after aunt Any was in Berlin.

I told Susi hello from Mommy, that she misses her and that she already has a number for America.

Susi reacting, do I really have to go home, sad, crying. Well if I really need to go then I will. I mean if Mommy already has a number for America. Do I have to go tomorrow, being very sad, it is so nice here. I don´t want anything more than staying with aunt Any. She forgot her home entirely, doesn´t talk about it anymore.

Soul of a child, where it has it good, it feels like home.


July 22nd 1928

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Susie gives a concert.

Standing on a table at the playground
singing and dancing for the kids, mostly boys!
She makes little breaks so the crowd can clap.
If the kids don´t begin right away then she starts herself.
She sees herself as a singer, full of confidence.


July 29th 1928

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Susie listens to the telephone and finds out that we are paying a short visit to the Langbeins.
Uncle Einar left again. She spontaneously walks from the Burggrabenstreet Nr. 2 to Neue Reihe.
We meet her at the stairs astonished by her sense of direction.
A fast acting, bright little child.

picture: Susie at the dike

July 28th, 1928

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Pictures in the Diary 

Family Holmgren bathing with Susie.

July 28th 1928

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Susie, Miss Martin and aunt Any at the beach.

July 29th 1928

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Einar, opera singer Ilse Selva, Miss Martin, Edinburgh, Susie, little singer.

August 14th, 1928

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Tell Susie that cousin Fritz called from Hamburg, she so happy:

oh, oh, -ah-
that is great.

I ask, do you know him?


August 15th, 1928

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Susie would love to have a sister. How to get that: You sprinkle pepper on the windowsill, the stork comes and lays down a little child and it is there.
August 17th 1928

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Susie is getting a lantern from aunt Böckmann. Big joy!
Of course she wants to take it to the lantern procession in the evening.
Kids are coming to pick her up. She is done way before, glowing and blissful.
She yells from the stairs:
Aunt Any, this really is my first lantern in my entire life.
In the song she did not get further then:
“Laterne, Laterne!” (lantern, lantern)

German class singing Lantern, Lantern  http://sep.me/1wu  

The story about Saint Martin's Day     http://sep.me/1wv

August 19th 1928 Town of Cuxhafen

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Picture on right: July 28th 

Miss Nicole Smith, Aberdeen
Susie Wiese, Berlin

left: August 19th

Miss Martin, Susie, aunt Any!


August 19, 1928

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Picture on left .... to come

September 4th 1928

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News from Mommy, Susie has to be in Berlin on the 13th and 14th because of the examination for America.

At the table Susie excitedly says: aunt Any,

14 days I am going to Berlin.

14 days I am going to Cuxhaven.

14 days I am going to America!

I am so lucky, aren´t I aunt Any?

August 1928 Cuxhafen

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Picture in the Diary of Susie standing in front of a 1926 Hanomag Auto.

To view more information about the Hanomag click link http://sep.me/1x3



August 1928

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Cuxhafener lantern song that Susie sang with enthusiasm many, many times.

“lantern, lantern,

sun, moon and the stars,

burn bright my light,

just not my dear lantern.

From Hamburg to Bremen,

we don´t have to be embarrassed,

go with the people,

that cheat everyone else

that take the eggs,

and don´t pay.

Bim, bam, buse

where does Kaethe Kruse live

in the long Marienenstreet”

September 1928

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“Juchheisa, juchheisa!

Do not fall into the basement

juchheisa, jucheisa,

violet, violet

oh how fat are those piggies.”

September 9, 1928

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Susie´s first attempts at riding a bike!

She says: I asked uncle Einar if I could take a ride.- and he said “yes” right away.

No fear, she rides right on. Uncle Einar only holds the saddle a little bit!

She yells glowing and proud: I can drive now, tomorrow again.

This is not hard!!

September 10, 1928

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Susie is supposed to go to bed!

She was allowed to swing a little longer but of course she overstretched.

It suddenly rings, uncle Einar goes outside and says the “Sandmann*” (sandman) is here – she asks what he said – he just asked if Susie is ready to go to sleep. - What did you answer? - She will go to bed soon she just swings for a little while. - She comes in herself a few minutes later and says, it is better if I go to bed fast, otherwise the “Sandmann” will get mad.

She was fast in the dream world. -

*(the “Sandmann” is a little man that sprinkles sand into the children´s eyes to make them sleepy in the evenings)

September 11, 1928

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So exited about the bike riding. Susie is fixed on the plan to “pick money from the trees” right when she arrives in America and buy a bicycle. She gradually decides to pick a lot of fruit and get money for that. That idea was set in her head because uncle Einar sometimes comments, that money would apparently grow on trees in America.

Susie is easily convinced about how things work.

September 13, 1928

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Susie has a great memory!!

She comes to me in the afternoon, cuddles me and says, aunt Any, you never hit me! I asked, well uncle Einar did not either. but she says, he poked her sometimes, but she did too!!

September 14, 1928

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Susie´s departure day,
in the morning at 8.15am
with 5 fun Jacks from the red cross.

You are gone now my dear little singer, you gave me so much joy, as much as I gave you. I just hope that our wonderful time lives on in your memory.

It got empty in my house.
Who picks up the most beautiful rolls?
Who opens so fast at 7 in the morning?

Aunt Any gives the Diary as a going away gift to Susie's mother, Margaret Wiese.  Margaret continues adding her own memories as they head for America.  Continued soon. 

August 20th 1928

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Picture taken on the grounds of, Cuxhafen.


September 1928

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Sculptor Harry Christlieb, Berlin and wife.
Uncle Einar, aunt Any, Susilein in Duhnen in the beginning of September.
Visit Duhnen now http://sep.me/1xa 

August 1928

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Miss Summers with Susi.
North-Sea resort Cuxhafen

July 1928

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Susi with her tall friend Heidi Boeckmann in Kugelbake. (Cuxhaven's landmark, a lighthouse)  Visit Kugelbake now:  http://sep.me.1x9

August 1928

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The three joyful!
They got along really well!
August 1928.

August 1928

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Who is lying in the sand in Duhnen?
Well, and who stands modestly in the back?
Sundays at the beach!

August 1928

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At the pool on Deichstreet.
That is uncle Einar with his dear little niece!

August 1928

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Our window front on the first floor Burggrabenstreet 2 -
Susielein was unintended captured.

August 20th 1928

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Can you see how versatile I am?

October 1928

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Message from the nursery in Berlin.
Bubi caught a cold, no better, he has? Just diarrhoea.
Susi yells, until Mommy shows up.
Mommy make a neck scarf for Bubi, he has such bad diarrhoea.

November 14, 1928

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In the morning  Susi, Bubi, Gretel, Hans, they are all with us.
LeaIing to America on the 16th , Chicago with “D” Deutschland (D for "Dampfer", in english: steamship

In Chicago, USA 1931

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Chicago, USA 1935

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Chicago, USA 1935

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Chicago, USA 1935

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Chicago, USA 1935

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Chicago, USA 1935

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Drawings by Susi 

Chicago, USA 1935

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Drawings by Susie Wiese

Chicago, USA 1935

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Susie and brother John at the front of the line. 

Chicago, USA 1935

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 Looks like Susi is already for the ride back to Chicago.

Chicago, USA 1937

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Mother Daughter Banquet at YMCA
-See news clipping-

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February 13th 1937

Susi is singing and dancing in Waukegan at a German celebration by the gymnasts and gets 2 dollars from the committee

As Susi got older she continued singing at her church and also for weddings.  
It would have been wonderful if she would have been recorded.


Chicago, USA 1938

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Susie (Suzanne) Weise and two other girls help produce the Twinkle Dramatic Troupe presentation. 




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