PRAISED BE JESUS CHRIST!
the communists victory in our village the people were distressed
many joined the communists thus increasing their strength. Many of the
prisoners of war from Germany
were set free. Owning to the lack of accommodations in the railroads
them could not get home as quickly as they wished, so they joined the
and as was rumored became officers. Still the dissatisfaction of the
continued. Of course they always lost and the coms. levied heavier
them. Wheat and rye were demanded in exact quantities.
latter part of October (Date forgotten) our wish for a son was granted.
called Peter. But our joy was short lived. For on the third day he
holy innocents. Our great consolation was the Lord gave him and the
him away. Oh Lord, Thy Will be Done”!
wives of the killed communists began to make inquiries as to who had
deed and who was witness. If one was found he was shot. This state of
lasted till Feb. 1919. Then a commissary came to our tillage with his
and went to the courthouse. He had a list or 24 men of which I was one.
names had been forwarded by the friends of the deceased communists. One
the watchman wrapped at my window and said I was to come to the office.
had spread of what was happening. Thus prepared I donned my best
went to the office. Commissary. "Your name is Michael Lang?”, Yes I
Commissary, “You shot a man” (A red). No, I answered I did not do that.
had not laid hands on any one he told me to go to the granary where
most of the
others were. A Red unlocked the door and lock it after me. No one could
the place not even in case of necessity. It was very cold in winter.
evening my father when he had learned what had happened, and 2 other
county clerk's son and a teacher, rode to another commissary about 7
our village. The county clerk was in the granary with us. This
commissary was Borger.
This man had some
altercation with the man in our village. My father and the other men
of the doings in our village. He said he would go home and tomorrow
morning he would
find out who was the culprit. And really the next morning he was in our
but could not achieve much. But he assured my father that he would find
writer and his companion who were the cause of all this trouble because
didn’t obey orders of the communists. So our people had taken us to the
courthouse 35 miles away and there we were jailed and a guard set so
that no one
could escape. If one of the commissaries came in he would yell “You all
shot". Can you imagine how we felt? My heart pounded as though it would
break through my ribs. Just one hope remained, our dear Lord and His
Mother. The next day we were allowed to go to the court. You should
how we sang “Holy God we praise Thy Name, and we love thee O Mary”.
the people in the village heard us. The commissaries forbade the
singing but we continued to keep our spirits and our trust in God. My
to see me and we could sit together at the door and converse with each
these were the sad hours in our life and yet we did not despair for the
reads, “Trust in God is well founded in heaven and on earth”. The
assembled and were debating the fate of the prisoners. Most of them
have us shot. But Commissary Borger
our representative who was present at
the meeting and who had come to Leichting that early morning said that
not guilty of the riot. But the village communists who had not obeyed
and so the whole riot occurred. If we shoot theses men after 3 weeks
receive another list of names more than these and so on. The
and they sent 3 or their number, to Leichting to hear the report of the
Nearly all said it was not our fault but that of the communist leaders
not obey the laws. After a few days the three men returned and reported
true state of affairs. They decided to free us and after about 5 weeks
prison we received notice that we might return home. What a great joy
it was to
ride home with your mother who had come to get me. Such great happiness
never before for both of us. When we arrived home our friends and
greeted us and expressed their joy in seeing us alive again. More over
rejoiced that now the trouble was over again.
Greetings to all Mary and Anna
from your father and mother and family. May the dear Lord Bless you all
Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost