Jerusalem

Schick and his fellow Ferdinand Palmer was 1846 sent to Jerusalem to build up a ‘Brotherhood’, there a group of men would live together and practice different skills. Several groups like this were formed. To travel from Basel to Jerusalem took them 7 weeks, through Italy and Lebanon. As they arrived in Jerusalem they soon moved into an apartment close to the Jaffa Gate with a good view over the city.

Schicks first appartment at Church St

Schicks first apartment at Church St

Schick got sick as soon he arrived and had to stay in bed for about two months. Their apartment had no stove and the cold during the winter made them freeze constantly. Also they soon ran out of money as the price for buying food was very high. At Christmas Schick felt stronger and at the very Christmas eave he walked the whole way to Bethlehem.

Statistics from Preussian consul Schultz

This was some years before the Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem was founded 1854 by other German missionaries. The Church was not in use until 1893.

They decided to start some sort of business in Jerusalem to earn their own money. Their first experience was that it was difficult to get into the market. The Arabs only made business with other Arabs, so did the Armenians and also the Jews and the Greeks. It was not that easy for a European to find a market for there products or skills and the Germans were very few in Jerusalem.

To survive Schick sold and repaired cuckoo-clocks in Jerusalem. The cuckoo-clock in the picture is from that period.

Their Brother House was placed in-between Christ Church and the Holy Sepulchre. He mentions that the Arabs used to camp their camels outside there window. Schick also noticed that many children seemed to live on the streets without a family. At that period he was asked by the German Consul to take some of these Arab boys in a vocational training. Some of these boys stayed later with Palmer and Schick in the Brother House.

Spittler never had a lot of money for his workers, but wanted them to earn a living by themselves. It was planned that Schick should sell German Cuckoo-clocks. These were sent in big boxes and he put them together, before trying to sell them. While trying to find a market for these clocks he walked for four years around the whole country – but without success in his business. He wrote back to Spittler: “I need to be very careful, else I too will turn into a clock.”

After Schick and Palmer came the watchmaker Samuel Miller and the spinner Heinrich Baldensperger (1823-1896) who left the country 1848.
1850 came the silk farmer Collin Bauer, who soon returned home again after a serious illness and, if determined, then became a Catholic priest in Hüningen.
Both Schick and Palmer got in love and had to leave the Spittler organization, since that was not allowed in the “Brüderhaus”. They both joined the Anglican London based organization LJS (London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews) lead by Bishop Samuel Gobat.

Some year later came Johann Ludwig Schneller to Jerusalem

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