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Aug 16, 2021 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
My granddad Einhard (thread)
He arrived in Germany & what should later become the GDR in the 1940s. He & his family had fled initially from Wolhynia to Poland and later from there to Germany. They settled in Hathenow, near Seelower Höhen together with his 3 brothers & 2 sisters
They were actually 8 children, however they had to bury his twin siblings while fleeing.
In the 1950‘s he met my grandma Sigrid and moved north, to Demmin (Mecklenburg Vorpommern) but the family continued to be very close mostly due to the ties they made when fleeing their home
Aug 15, 2021 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
My cousin the „Jungpionier“
Although my cousin, born in March 1983, so the same year as I, just 8 months before, she was the only one of us two that actually became a real "Jungpionier", because she started school in 1989.
I on the other hand was denied this "award". Unbelievable! She also had the pleasure of eight weeks of summer vacation, at least once in her life.
I had my first day of school in August 1990, a few weeks before the German reunification.
Aug 14, 2021 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
13th Aug 1961 (A thread)
Yesterday, 60 years ago the construction of the Berlin Wall began.The GDR regime separated families & locked out freedom for good. How #ahnenstory great-uncle Alfons (pictured) then 27 years old, experienced this turning point, he told her in August 2001
From 1960 to 1961 I was at the officers' school of the People's Police (Volkspolizei) in Aschersleben in what was then the Halle district (now Saxony-Anhalt). On the evening of August 12th and after a whole day of lessons in politics, we went on to some exercise in the evening.