My grandfather was born in 1939 in Delmenhorst. Two years later, his father, a public servant, was transferred to Orlová (in those days: Orlau), the very west of today’s Czech Republic. In 1945 the family had to flee in the direction of Germany. In the following interview, my grandfather tells about his childhood in Orlová and about his memories concerning the family’s escape back to Delmenhorst.
Gert Malerius grew up in East Prussia, the town of Pillau. Close to the end of World War II, he had to flee with his mother and brothers. He tells how they fled as well as the living conditions afterward.
When Maria was only a few weeks old, the cruel and inhuman World War II was already raging. Her first years of childhood are marked by nearly losing her brother in a bombing attack on Bielefeld and Enger, the absence of her father, who was criticizing World War II and the Nazi’s attitudes towards Jews, and her mother, who got sick (cardiac asthma) and distant because of World War II and its consequences.
I interviewed my grandmother on October 4, 2020. She was born in 1936 in Grünberg (Zielona Góra), close to Lodz (Poland). Lodz was named “Litzmannstadt” during the German occupation from 1940 to 1945. My great-grandmother, grandmother, and six siblings fled from the Red Army in 1945. Since the army caught up with them a few months later, they were drawn back to their home. The living conditions were very bad, so they fled again in 1946. They settled in Lütgenrode, Lower Saxony. A few years later, they moved to Essen in the Ruhr region. My grandmother got married. She has five children and eight grandchildren. She is now 84 years old. My grandmother and I talk about her flight, the trauma, the time after the war, and the question of how her family spoke about the war after 1945.
Bernd grew up in Northern Germany. He speaks about his childhood memories during and after the war, the role that National Socialism played in his family, and his mentally ill grandfather’s story.
Zinaida Laskova was born on August 21, 1926 in the village of Hnylozubivka into a large family. She survived the Holodomor of 1932-1933. My great-grandmother witnessed World War II. When she was 16 years old, she was taken to Germany, where she worked first at a factory and then in a local tavern, where the locals used to come for a beer. After the war, my great-grandmother turned back home. On her way home, she was accompanied by the scary-looking prisoners of concentration camps. After the war, she got married and had three children. Until the end of her life, Zinaida Laskova was considered by many to be a very cultured, honest, and kind person.
Life story of a political prisoner of the Soviet totalitarian regime, who passed through 10 years of prison labour camps.
Photos from the encounter in Bergen-Belsen, Germany, on 18-24 March 2018 of the History begins in the family youth international project 2017-2018
Impressions of participants of the youth encounter in Bergen-Belsen on 18-24 March 2018, Germany.
I was born on 15.02.1945 during a bomb attack. My mother and the midwife were left alone, because all the other neighbours had run for cover in a neighbour’s cellar.
Rita Althausen is the vice-chairwoman of the German-Israeli Society (DIG) and daughter of Oskar Altmann, who survived the pogroms in Mannheim 1938.
My father, Oliver Jagolski, talks about his experiences with coming to terms with the family’s history. Yet, despite all efforts, a lot of questions remain unanswered.
In the interview my grandfather Günter Knura tells about his experiences and about his childhood during the war.
“Get out of here!” For the journey from Osiek to Grojec we were given one carriage for two families. We weren’t allowed to take anything with us. My brother Grzegorz arrived from Kęty and told me to take the cow. I wen…
Karl Juesten was born in West Germany. After he graduated school with 17 years, he was conscripted to the German army. First he had to stay in a work-camp in Germany. After a shot peiod of time he was sent to Calais in France. He had to build up bunkers for weapons there.
After the War ended, he married and becomes and engineer. In the 1950s they become parents, on girl and one boy.
Today they life together near the place of birth of my Grandfather.
For obvious reasons, you cannot remember the war yourself, but according to our family stories you are able to tell me about the fates of your parents. Let’s begin with your mother – what can you tell me about her fate during World War II? As you rightly said, I don’t remember the war, I … Continue reading Barbara Wyciszkiewicz →
After the outbreak of World War II, the Wehrmacht set up a camp for Belgian and French prisoners of war in huts at the edge of the Bergen Military Training Area.