The fun ends with football and the fire department

50 years after the local government reform – Asked locally

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The fun ends with the football and the fire department. Or maybe it’s just starting there? On the 50th anniversary of the local government reform, we asked questions both in incorporated villages and in communes that were gaining land and inhabitants at that time.


What’s the point of community in connected communities now? Where the clubs worked together, the mood quickly improved. However, some citizens still see their community left behind by the reform five decades later. Our reporter, Annika Namysło, was on the move in cities and their districts.

Elsenfeld and back Schippach

Roland Piotr

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Roland Peter (79), Schippach return: “I think it’s good that it was done then. For example, there were three villages everywhere and schools were built everywhere. It didn’t have to be that way. Some things could have been done better by combining them. the tours, around half of the visitors from Elsenfeld, the other from Rück-Schippach, went great. But it is, it still is: we celebrate our own holidays. We go to Elsenfeld too – but the correct consistency that never comes because Rück-Schippach always remains Rück-Schippach and Elsenfeld also becomes Elsenfeld. You guys get on so well anyway. “

Suzanne Tichay

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Susanne Tichay (61), Elsenfeld: »I think the surrounding communities now belong to Elsenfeld. I have friends everywhere, and the relationship with the places is fine, they’ve always been a part of that. “

Hedi Roos

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Hedi Roos (78), Elsenfeld: »The incorporated cities had difficult times at the beginning. Eichelsbach definitely had the upper hand. Much has been renovated and prepared there. At that time, Rücker had a vineyard which, thanks to the incorporation, became more up-to-date and more famous. Today, merger continues to be a problem when it comes to discrimination. Sometimes there is a dispute over a fire station or roads that must be made. However, I think smaller towns have an advantage. «

Eschau and Sommerau

Daniel Feser

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Daniel (34) Feser, Sommerau: “I think it always belonged to itself. There used to be disagreements between Sommerau and Eschau. When we were young, 15 or 16 years ago, Sommerauer and Eschauer did their job. There were also troubles, for example at music events. In the meantime, the places have grown and the fire department is working together. When the Sommerauer have parties, the Eschauers are there, and vice versa. Over time, people may have realized that it is better to work together. “

Emmi Gunther

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Emmi Günther (84), Eschau: »I don’t know anything negative about incorporation that Sommerau was once nasty or disgusting. I have always lived in Eschau and as far as I can remember it was going smoothly then. Well, maybe there were some complaints, also in Eschau: “Do we have to record them too?” It is also about money and demands are made. But otherwise, from my point of view, there was nothing negative about it. «

Leidersbach and Rossbach

Alfred Bauer

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Alfred Bauer (87), Leidersbach: “Not much has changed then. For example, Ebersbach and Leidersbach have never been so close. You really don’t know why. For example, I noticed that it was always a tough fight on the field before. But things have changed for the better since then. Some clubs have been merged regionally and the situation has generally normalized. They also go to school together through the children. «

Ulrich Schaefer

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Ulrich Schaefer (66), Leidersbach: »At the beginning it was difficult and unknown to every city. I experienced this when I was a student. But now it has turned out really well. As a result of the merger, Eintracht Leidersbach was established as a joint football club. It only remains to be hoped that in the future he can go one step further and that Roßbach will appear. Then you can have even better chances of playing in higher leagues. Basically, of course, there are still one or two elderly people who feel particularly comfortable in their home community, but you could say the places got connected well with each other. «

Robert Ipkovitz

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Robert Ipkovitz (59), Rossbach: “The situation is exactly the same as it was 50 years ago. This means that there are definitely still differences in resource distribution. You can see where the investments are being made, where new buildings are being built, and where the commune operates. Rossbach is not in the first place. I think the benefits of the merger were mainly with the main church and then of course with places that were, so to speak, more collaborative. This can be seen, for example, at the current construction site in Roßbach: there is a detour over the fields, no mowing. Traffic safety is not. But you can’t expect to pass Hausen and Elsenfeld every time. It is a large commune where mayors always come from the main city. There, too, sometimes the old hierarchies are used. Nowadays it is also clear that a small town like Roßbach can no longer exist on its own and that a connection has to be made somehow. But I would not describe the merger as “successful”. «

Kirchzell and Ottorfszell

Anya Kaufmann

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Anja Kaufmann (42), Kirchzell: “The sense of community is part, part. I would say each neighborhood is more separate but they are part of the place. I notice this especially with children: In the neighborhoods around, everyone plays with everyone, regardless of age. There is less in Kirchzell because it is simply bigger. I think there is greater consistency in the neighborhoods. «

Hubert Wolf

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Hubert Wolf (86), Ottorfszell: “It was a big topic then. We had our own mayor, the commune existed, it was not an addition somewhere, but something independent. The incorporation, of course, was not very well received. But we’ve always been oriented towards Kirchzell, the relationship goes back and forth. It didn’t concern me at all, I came to Kirchzell School as a teacher in 1969. There was no difficulty. You already feel like Kirchzeller. Ottorfszell is registered and it is so now. I also think that no one wants to be independent anymore, it would be almost impossible. There are not enough inhabitants for that. «

Annika Namysło


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