Das Mager-Buch

The Mager-Book: History of a Family over Four Centuries

Supplement to the "Mager Book" 1935

by Dr. Edwart Mager
Freiburg-im-Breisgau, 1972
pp. 9-10

 

Foreword

Drop Cap EOver 35 years have now passed since I had the opportunity to present the "Mager Book" to the family at the third "Mager Reunion" in Rottweil, on July 20th, 1935.  It was the fruition of many  years of sometimes difficult research.  The book enjoyed acclaim from both the family and the public.  Many of the "Old Generation" have since left us, and many of the young are now counted among the old.  The shattering storm of a second world war has passed over our homeland, once again claiming its toll in blood and belongings. 

Also, the world has since "become smaller."  The family has scattered farther than ever before,  no longer remaining concentrated in villages in the old regions.  It's no wonder then, if some comparatively close relatives have become somewhat estranged.  This development will, understandably, increase with the further branching of the family in future generations.  But it may be slowed for a time.  The memory of common ancestors, and the common homeland, will be a particular bond, maintaining the feeling of belonging in the coming generations.

Indeed, the Bavarian Magers wouldn't know nearly as much about their cousins in Baden-Württemberg, nor these two groups about their relatives in Italy and America, if it weren't for the bonds of commonality that are maintained over and above (although with the help of) the mere paper documents. 

As a result of this feeling there arose the wish among many of the family members that the "Mager Book" of 1935  be brought up to the present.  This has now been done.  Not all of those who obtain this supplement will own the original book from 1935.  The family tree (the "core" of the book) has therefore been repeated (in abridged fashion) such that even the youngest of the family can still  trace the lines of their forefathers back 400 years.

So let this second "Mager Book," like the first, be dedicated  "to the bearers of our future: our descendants."  Perhaps there will emerge again amongst the coming generations someone who will further the work!

Actually, this book  has become more than a mere supplement.  In the biographical section (Family Chronicles), the biographical sketches already included in the 1935 "Mager Book" have been updated or summarized.  In this way those who don't own the earlier book can learn about the various individuals.  In order not to let the volume of this book become too large, the portrayals had to be kept as concise as possible.  It was with regret that the chronicler dispensed with some details, which the people involved would perhaps consider important.  However, a certain amount of editing couldn't be avoided.

And now a word of thanks to all who, through ongoing subscription to our newsletter "Mager-Blatt,"  and their often voluntarily increased donation, have contributed to the realization of this new book.  No less thanks also to all those who advanced the archivist's work of research and compilation by contributing information and helpful deeds (including from the bosom of the family tree, in the towns of Schömberg and Zimmern-ob-Rottweil!).  Among others, Mrs. Anne Schnabel (nee Zellner), of Westfield, N.J., has done us a great service.  Designing her own questionnaire for the purpose, she covered the entire progeny of her grandfather, Valerius Mager - a total of 132 people!

Special thanks are due also to my cousin, Max Gardill of Bamberg, who made it possible to enrich the book with prints and photos by delivering numerous print blocks at significantly reduced prices from his Photo and Reproduction Shop.

My late cousin, Dr. Raimund Mager of Munich, and his son, Friedrich, as well as my cousin Dr. Jörg Mager of Eichstätt, lent much appreciated assistance by reviewing a number of manuscript pages and proofs.  Several other members of the family had the opportunity to inspect segments concerning their own branches of the family before they went to print.

 

Freiburg-im-Breisgau,

New Year's Day, 1972

Edwart Mager Signature

(Footnote)   The initial "E" (page 9), and the closing illustration on page 52, are taken from the opus "Tractatus de Advocatia armata" by Martin Mager of Schömberg, published in Frankfurt-am-Main, 1625.


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