Books about Stemwede and the area

There are several books that have been published that may offer some glimpses into life in Stemwede. Some are no longer available because they are out of print, but several can still be obtained. Links have been provided to check availability for some that are known to still be available for purchase. Very few have English text or have compilations that are translated into English. Where they are available, they have been noted. 

Stemwede - Junge Geimeinde - alte Dörfer (Stemwede, new municipality - old villages). This book is filled with photographs from the late 1800s and early 1900s in Stemwede. It is divided into sections about family and home life, church, farming and trades, social organizations, and even a section about funerals. This is a fantastic collection of photos of many homes, family portraits, photographs of the churches and many more. You may very well find a photograph of your ancestral family's homestead. All photos have captions and, unless they are a large group photo, names of those in the photo are usually included. There are narrations in text for each section as well, but these are in German. If you don't know German though, you will still learn much from the photos. 

German Language Text

1000 Jahre Wehdem 969-1969 (Wehdem: 1000 Years) - This is a book published in 1969 to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the earliest documentation of Wehdem. It contains section about the history of the town, the church parish, school, social organizations, and lists of those that died in wars in 1815, 1870-71, 1914-18, and 1939-45. This book is no longer in print.

An abbreviated version is available in English, thanks to the translation by Wolfram Von-Maszewski in Richmond, TX. It contains the following articles from the original book: 
1. 1,000 Years of Wehdem at Stemwederberg 
2. History of the Evangelical Lutheran Parish of Wehdem
3. The Gogericht "uppe den Stemwede"
4. Spinning and Weaving in Years Past
5. Our Hollandgänger
6. When Smuggling was Rampant at Stemweder Berg.

Oppenwehe Festschrift zur 775-Jarhfeier (Oppenwehe, 775th Anniversary celebration). This book was assembled as part of the celebration for the 775th anniversary of the founding of Oppenwehe. It includes photographs from the celebration parade and historical articles

German Language Text

Oppenendorf - Die Nacht der Katastrophe (Oppendorf - the night of the Catastrophe). This is a small book of 80 pages chronicalling the night of December 16, 1943. It was published for a memerial service held in 1993 for the 50th anniversary of the event. That night a British heavy bomber crashed in the center of Oppenwehe, destroying many houses, including the gas station in town. The destructive damage of World War II basically bypassed the Stemwede area, with exception of this crash. Even though there weren't battles fought on the grounds around Stemwede, there were air battles and dogfights that took place in the air in the region, which lead to this tragic crash. The town has erected a memorial in the town to both the residents killed in the tragedy and the British air crew that lost their lives, which can seen on the town's website.  Photos of the damage caused by the incident are included in the booklet. 

German Language Text

Chronik von der Kirchspiel Wehdem 1819-1879 (Chronicle of the parish of Wehdem 1819-1879)
Bert Weigel, editor. 1994

German Language Text

ISBN: 3-924734-80-1
Published by VML - Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH in Rahden. Ordering Availability

Hallelujah, Now We Will See America - Letters home from emigrants 1836-1889. Heinz-Ulrich Kammeier, editor 1994. A collection of letters by emigrants to the United States that left the district of Lübbecke and nearby areas. This collection is from 1836-1889. Some photographs are also included of the places in which they settled. Because these are letters sent home to Germany, they are all written in German. 

German Language Text

ISBN: 3-924734-81-X
Published by VML - Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH in Rahden. Ordering Availability

Oh, How Beautiful is this Praised America - Letters home from emigrants 1890-1952. Heinz-Ulrich Kammeier, editor 1995. A collection of letters by emigrants to the United States that left the district of Lübbecke and nearby areas. This collection is from 1890-1952. Some photographs are also included of the places in which they settled. Because these are letters sent home to Germany, they are all written in German. 

German Language Text

ISBN: 3-924734-82-8
Published by VML - Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH in Rahden. Ordering availability

The District of Lübbecke and the First World War. Heinz-Ulrich Kammeier. 

German Language Text

ISBN: 3-89646-903-7
Published by VML - Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH in Rahden. Ordering