Join Date: Oct 2007
My Motorhome: Swift Kontiki 615
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MrsW's paternal grandparents were victims of the holocaust and sadly, ended their days at Auschwitz.
He (paternal grandfather) was a VERY senior Doctor in Berlin, they were taken from their house and compelled to live with others in small flats in different parts of Berlin before being taken to the "showcamp" at Theresienstadt where they were interned for two years before being moved to Auschwitz-Birkenau where they were slaughtered in 1944.
Our youngest daughter has visited there and was overcome with emotion but found it a very moving experience and one that she wished the remainder of the family would undertake.
She was also with us in Berlin when two "stolper-stein" were unveiled outside the last house they freely occupied. These brass plagues are set in the pavement at the German Government's expense - so far more than 20,000 have been installed in various countries. We were present for the installation and it was very moving with about 50 local residents gathered around.
We went back to the site the following year and the plagues are immaculate - cared for on a daily basis by the local school-children - his life is also celebrated in a local care home with a wing named after him and his picture proudly displayed.
He fought in the First World War, was decorated and commended for his actions, and then persecuted and killed 26 years later........ We still have his medals and all the letters he sent to his wife at the time. His three children escaped from Germany in 1938 thanks to the work done by Archbishop Bell.
My point in posting this is simply so that others can realise that the horrors committed there are real and still have a marked effect on those alive today.
So, yes, a visit for us is also on the cards, I will note these details, but we may well fly......
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