In 1986 Zitronenjette was erected in memory of a monument near the Michels and the cemetery offices. It was created by the sculptor Hansjörg Wagner. On the commemorative plaque is in Low German:"Dien life who suur as de Zitroonen, sall sick dat remember the di? Schiksol wiest op all de Lüüd, for de dat luck Het gor keen Tiet".
In High German this means: your life was as acidic as the lemons, should remembering you be worthwhile? Your fate is reminiscent of all the people for whom happiness has no time.Like Wasserträger Hummel, Zitronenjette is one of the Hamburg originals. The monument is very popular. Zitronenjette's outstretched hand has been polished over the years, because touching it should bring good luck.
May 26, 2019
From 1854 to 1894 a small woman was chasing through Hamburg day and night, earning her livelihood selling lemons. The Zitronenjette is commemorated by a monument near the St. Michaelis Church. It should bring luck to touch her outstretched hand. Therefore, the finger is polished.
December 9, 2018
From 1854 to 1894 a small woman was chasing through Hamburg day and night, earning her livelihood selling lemons. The Zitronenjette is commemorated by a monument near St. Michaelis Church.Exact position:
Corner Ludwig-Erhard-Strasse / Krayenkamp, 20459 Hamburg(Source: hamburg.de)
June 9, 2018
"Dien life who suur as de Zitroonen, sall sick dat remember the di? Worth Schiksol wiest op all de Lüüd, for de dat luck Het gor keen Tiet"
(Your life was as acidic as the lemons, should remembering you be worthwhile? Your destiny points to all the people for whom happiness has no time)A plaque below the bronze monument thus describes the life of Johanne Henriette Marie Müller. Born illegitimately in Dessau in 1841, and shortly thereafter came to Hamburg with her mother, to the Gängeviertel of Neustadt. As a thirteen-year-old she is already on the road with a basket full of lemons as a flying trader. She bought the fruits from the sailors on the ships at the harbor. With the cry "Zitroon, Zitroon, fresh Zitroon!" she became known in the city.In the evening she was also in the pubs of St. Pauli on the way and was also like to be filled with caraway, so they gave one of their rough songs. She did not realize that people made fun of her as well. The excessive consumption of alcohol made her later striking and she was admitted in 1894 in the "insane asylum Friedrichsberg". There she made a cold withdrawal and was then admitted to the open prison. She stayed there until her death in 1916.The diagnosis of "cretinism" in congenital hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency did not exist at that time. This led to her stunted growth and mental underdevelopment.Henriette Müller is considered a Hamburg original, but just like the bumblebee, in the Zitronenjette originality is not for success, but for a drab outsider existence. By combining inequality, poverty, and disabilities in one person, the lemon jelly was banished to the margins of society.Sources:
August 14, 2018
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