you were right! I had a working copy of FO6; exported with that. Even though it had a CHAR value of ANSI, PAF5 got it correct. Thanks for the hint. Since I never imported the GEDCOM except into FO8 I had no idea of that mess!:-)
Now let's see if you can give me an other hint. Would like to look at my place list (and edit them) - without the associated events to them. Looks like there is no simple way just to do that - or is there?