Photographer's Note

An old lady from the Transylvanian village of Biertan, one of several villages built by medieval German (Saxon) immigrants and now famous for their fortified churches which have earned them a place among the UNESCO world heritage sites.

The number of ethnic Germans still living in these villages has gone down sharply during the last few decades and only a handful remain. In the nearby village of Aţel (Hetzeldorf) I saw a memorial plaque saying that the German school was founded in 1397 and the tuition in the German language had ceased in 1993.

Biertan (a.k.a. Birthälm) is probably the most famous of these dozens of Saxon villages. I will show two more pictures from there in Workshops.

The old woman, by the way, was not particularly pleased at having my camera pointed at her, but she still managed a smile as we came closer, so she wasn't too upset after all.

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