Jona and Jan-Noah interview their Grandfather

Do you still remember the War?

I experienced the final stage of WWII at the beginning of 1945 as an 8-year-old boy, and the painful memories from this time have indelibly remained with me my whole life. I find these experiences impossible to forget.

What do you think of first when you hear the word "war"?

War brings death and fear of death, destruction, and the misery of being a refugee. In short: endless suffering.

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Encounter between two countries - a project across generations

The boys of the Boys' Choir Hanover as well as of the Liverpool Cathedral Choir interviewed their Grandparents or other elderly relatives about their memories and associations on the subject war. mehr

Do you know how your parents got through the War?

After going through extraordinary difficulties and coming face to face with death many times, my parents and I were very lucky to get out of the War alive.

Has your family had any particular experiences in connection with the War?

Very dramatic events in my life were fleeing from the Red Army and leaving my home of Eastern Pomerania on foot, completely out in the open without any protection, while low-flying airplanes were dropping bombs, and then the air raids in Thuringia in the underground air-raid shelter, but also out in the open.

What happened after the War?

After the War, we started a pitiful life marked by fear of the victors’ revenge, epidemics, and long years of hunger. Our second escape, this time from Thuringia in 1953, was basically a result of the way WWII had ended.

Do you believe something could be done to prevent wars from happening?

Maybe wars could be prevented through education, rationality, open-mindedness, and fighting the causes of potential conflicts.

 

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