The Lebenshilfe home for the disabled in Ahrweiler-Sinzig was so badly damaged in the terrible flood disaster last July that it can no longer be occupied. 12 people with mental disabilities died in the night from July 14 to 15, 2021 in the masses of water that had penetrated the basement. However, it remains the wish and hope of Lebenshilfe and the residents that perhaps even in Sinzig a permanent home will be found again.
the singers of the Kupferbergwerk Düppenweiler
The vocal ensemble "Bergsänger des Kupferbergwerks Düppenweiler" exists in the current line-up with nine singers since the year 2013. Already at the first internal "chapel celebration" on December 3, 1999, five of the current singers performed Barbara and miners' songs. Since 2002, the then "Förderverein Kupferbergwerk Düppenweiler" organized a Mettenschicht on the Saturday before the 3rd Advent. From 2009 onwards, the Mettenschicht finally became the festive prelude to the Christmas market, which is held on the Kulturwiese and is now festively outshone by a 12m high mining pyramid.
In 2017, the miners recorded their first CD. With 18 partly well-known and partly less well-known miners' and barbarians' songs from all German and neighboring mining districts, the singing group wanted to thank the "old fighters" from the early years of the visitor mine as well as all current helpers in our association. The title song of the CD has almost the same lyrics as the "Tarnowitzer Glöcklein" from Upper Silesia, but the melody is the creation of a long-dead miner from Düppenweiler. The miners therefore put their own four-part movement of this song at the beginning of their song round. In this way, they document that Düppenweiler is also part of mining on the Saar, not coal mining, but the older and rarer ore mining in the Saar district.
Now the vocal ensemble has released its second CD in November 2021. Under the title "Heut' erklingt zu Barb'ras Ehren" there are 13 spiritual songs. In the recording studio LEICO in Illingen 7 new songs were recorded. These are especially modern songs like the "Our Father" by Hanne Haller or the Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. On religious occasions these songs are requested again and again. Six barbarian songs from the first CD were recorded again.
The ensemble includes:
Traditionally, Valentine's Day is the patronal feast (Kirmes) in the "Old Village", because the chapel in the former "Oberweiler" (11th century until the middle of the 17th century) is dedicated to St. Valentine. For a long time, the Kirmes was still celebrated in the "Meersch" part of the village (today's Außener Straße).
The miners of the Düppenweiler copper mine were invited for the first time by the St. Barbara Fraulautern (Saarlouis) Miners' and Steelworkers' Association to provide the music for the Christian Mountain Mass in the Apollonia Chapel with Christmas mountain songs.
Düppenweiler. There are only a few miners' choirs left in the Saarland. One of them, in addition to the better-known Saar miners' choir, is the vocal ensemble of the Düppenweiler copper mine, the Bergsänger.