Extract from the interview with Anna H. in which she recounts her family history & her memories of the time of the Second World War and the post-war era in Lower Austria.
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.
In November 2020, I called my great-aunt Ursula and my great-uncle Achim to talk to them about their experiences during World War II and the post-war period. He was born in 1940; she was born in 1941. Ursula is the daughter of Else and Hermann. Else and Hermann had seven children, one of them was Ruth, my maternal grandmother.
A story of an ordinary man who served as a scout during the Second World War.