The widespread noble family of Arnim played an important role in Western Saxony during the industrialization period. The family lived on Kriebstein – a castle still impressive today – and on Planitz near Zwickau. There, on the Planitz Coal Mountains, as landlords the Arnims organized the mining of the coal as well as its transport and use in the Königin-Marienhütte Cainsdorf. In a characteristic way, the family members also espoused social issues. The memories of Irmgard von Arnim shine a light on this period of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Other individual testimonies tell of the deportation of family-members to the island of Rügen after the end of World War II.
With a focus on the history of the Vogtland village of Irfersgrün, the relationships between “the lordship” and the village population are shown in their very different facets.
2021, 170 pages, paperback, more than 230 ill. (coloured, b/w), 21 x 24 cm
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