A moment that changed me – a chance encounter in war-torn Germany. I have lived almost 100 years and I am approaching the long night of nonexistence, but I am not afraid because I have survived much turmoil: the Great Depression, the second world war, the cold war, the deaths of friends and also the hardest blows to my spirit, the passing of my beloved wife and middle son.
But now, as time dwindles down like a clock with an ageing battery, my heart still beats strong, content and free of rancour because of one single event that changed my life and forged a thousand moments of joy for me. It happened a long time ago, in the summer of 1945 when I was stationed in the city of Hamburg as part of the allied occupation force charged with enforcing the peace on a defeated German people.
Because of allied air raids against it during the war, the city was like Gomorrah the day after God’s wrath. One day in August, I came upon a makeshift black market where German civilians bartered heirlooms for bread and meat and the chance to survive another day. Free German Workers' Party. The Free German Workers' Party (German: Freiheitliche Deutsche ArbeiterPartei, FAP) was a neo-nazi political association in Germany.
It was outlawed by the Constitutional Court in 1995. On February 24, 1995, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany outlawed the FAP. The court ruled that it wasn't a political party but an association that aimed at overthrowing democracy. References Jump up ^ D. External links Party flag. Amazon.co. Hamelin Prison Reburials - Axis History Forum.
Between 1945 and 1949, following a series of war crimes trials, the British executed a total of 202 alleged German war criminals.
One hundred and fifty five of them were hanged in Hamelin Prison by Albert Pierrepoint. The majority of those executed were members of Concentration Camp staff from Bergen-Belsen, Ravensbrück and Neuengamme. After execution, their corpses were buried in mass graves within the prison grounds. In 1950, the British handed Hamelin Prison back to the Germans. There followed years of agitation by right wing elements in Lower Saxony to give the executed Germans a decent burial. Cemetery officials said no memorials would be allowed on the graves but wooden crosses would be allowed if relatives paid for them. In 1986, after a mass demonstration by the Neo-Nazi Free German Workers’ Party (FAP), the town council abandoned the site and it was left to grow wild.
Stadthotel Hameln / Former Hamelin jail. Josef Kramer was the Commandant of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Dubbed "The Beast of Belsen" by camp inmates; he was a notorious Nazi war criminal, directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. Josef Kramer was imprisoned at the Hamelin jail. Josef Kramer and 44 other camp staff were tried in the Belsen Trial by a British military court at Lüneburg. The trial lasted several weeks from September to November 1945. He was sentenced to death on November 17, 1945, and hanged at Hamelin jail by Albert Pierrepoint on December 13, 1945. Hamelin. Hamelin (/ˈhæməlɨn/ or /ˈhæmlɨn/; German: Hameln) is a town on the river Weser in Lower Saxony, Germany.
It is the capital of the district of Hamelin-Pyrmont and has a population of 58,696 (as at 2006). Hamelin is also the gateway to the surrounding Weserbergland mountains, which are popular with hikers and bikers. History The town is famous for the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin (German: Der Rattenfänger von Hameln), a medieval story that tells of a tragedy that befell the town in the thirteenth century. The version written by the Brothers Grimm made it popular throughout the world; it is also the subject of well-known poems by Goethe and Robert Browning. Hamelin started with a monastery, which was founded as early as 851 AD. In June 1634, during the Thirty Years' War, Lothar Dietrich Freiherr von Bönninghausen, a General with the Imperial Army, lost the Battle of Oldendorf to Swedish General von Kniphausen, in the process of which Hamelin was besieged by the Swedish army. 20th century - Permanent exhibition - Hamelin Museum - Culture - Education & Culture.
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Meyer-Hermann The 164th Infantry Regiment, stationed in Hamelin, greeted the war with huge excitement. But the anticipated victory was a long time coming. Many soldiers would not live to see it. 1938_horch_930_v_roadster.jpg (JPEG Image, 704 × 396 pixels) 29.04.1959 Deutsche und Engländer verletzt » British Army in Hameln. (c) DEWEZET Leider gab es auch immer wieder Unfälle mit britischen Soldaten und Einheimischen!
Ein DEWEZET Bericht aus der Sammlung von Gerhard Fricke ! Unfortunately there were always accidents with British soldiers and locals!