29 Jul Gnoien
The word Gnoien is Wendish, the language of the local Slavic minority where gnoy means silt, dirt, waste material; in Russian, peregnoy means compost. Gnojno is also the name of Belarus and Polish towns and villages. Gnoyinsky is a surname used in Eastern Europe but any Gnoyensky belongs to our tree and nobody else’s.
A small 13th century town in north-eastern Germany (See https://appledoesnotfall.com/town-of-gnoien-germany-album/). Its claim to fame was being one of the seventy in the area that issued the so-called Notgeld or Reutergeld, literally Not Money or Reuter Money, in 1920s to honor a local painter Fritz Reuter.
The bills produced for collectors, featured his paintings and rhymes, some anti-Semitic.
The Gnoien Notgeld says “The Reutergeld of the town of Gnoien valid only within city limits until February 15, 1922”
and contains this poem: “Any way you turn, it doesn’t matter, we all have to die someday! We can’t help it, we are in it already, so we must go through thick and thin.”