Status: 20.11.2023, 21:00 PM
By: Johannes Thoma
Welcome with music in the Stadttheater: Weilheim's mayor Markus Loth and the music school combo. © Oar
Weilheim is growing, and every year numerous new citizens join. And the city invited them to a reception in the city theatre, where around 80 of them learned all kinds of things about the history and current projects in the district town.
Weilheim – Among the new citizens who had gathered in the foyer of the Stadttheater was a familiar face: Friedrich Denk, who moved back to Weilheim with his wife Gerda after about a decade and a half in Zurich and Munich. The former grammar school teacher (80) was co-initiator of the Weilheim Notebooks on Literature and the Weilheim Literature Prize. He became known nationwide for his commitment against the spelling reform. Mr. and Mrs. Denk were able to confirm what Mayor Markus Loth said in his welcoming speech: "Weilheim, a lively small town, is a good place to live."
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Sometimes a wistful look at the city's history
Loth also reported on projects such as the planned energy centre at Kranlöchl, plans to improve the cycle path network and create new living space on Geistbühelstraße. City archivist Joachim Heberlein dared to take a wistful look back at the city's more than 1000-year history. He began in 1010, the official birth of the district town, and reported on the granting of market rights, which Weilheim received long before the state capital of Munich, before it came to the 17th century, when Weilheim was known in Central Europe and beyond thanks to its artists. Groovy music was provided by the saxophone combo of the Weilheim Music School
Didn't feel so comfortable in Weilheim at first
Among the new citizens of the Stadttheater were also many people from Ukraine – and Yeganeh Tarviji from Iran. The 31-year-old came to Weilheim all alone in December last year and has been working as a nurse at the hospital ever since. The new citizen, who speaks very good German, did not feel so comfortable in the district town at first. "The cold in winter, the dialect of the people and their certain reserve depressed me a bit at the beginning," says Tarviji. That has changed: "Now I feel very comfortable here and have settled in." Above all, she enjoys the individual freedom as a woman, she says, and hopes that her sister will soon do the same and move in with her in the district town.