Sadow Parish 2010

Sadow Parish 2010

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Funny Posting On the Ancestry Insider

Wanted to share a link with you from the Ancestry Insider blog.  Thought it was kind of interesting!
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Camps of Strakonice. Part 2

The Strakonice Refugee Camps
The following information written below was shared by the archivist in Trebon.  It has been translated by my co-worker into English.

So far I found out about the wooden houses that were built on the road to Radomysl.  This road goes to the place called Radomysl (a nearby Czech town) that was originally built to house laborers.  They housed people that were called “national guests”.  These being the German and Hungarian refugees.
The “national guests” were meant to be citizens of German nationalities that were running from the advancing Soviet armies.  Among these Germans were the previous eastern part of the Reich, so today’s part of Poland but also Hungarians.  

Hungarians began coming to Strakonice in the beginning of Oct. 1944.  The German immigrants came to Strakonice in several waves.  Attached are a few scans from the local chronicles from the city of Strakonice and the little city Steken.  These chronicles are digitized and can be seen on the internet.  In the name of the attachment is the number where you can see the report.  However, to this point I was unable to find any photos of the wooden houses.  I also looked in the local newspapers but no success. 

You can only find a little news such as Germany is withdrawing and is taking a better position.  There is no dot or comma about German immigrants.  In the front of the county national office of Strakonice, were found some immigrants only as early as May 1945.  (Those are the lists that are mentioned in the previous blog article).  But there is no mention of the name of Gralla. 

The central location for the camps for the German immigrants was in Strakonice are also for a later date from the second half of 1945-46.  I received some material from the local Mayor’s office and was told that they will still look into the notes of the mayor’s office of Strakonice and also into the county office of Strakonice.  These are the last two places that were available sources to check.

Note received following day from the archivist:
Hello, I unfortunately was not able to find anything more.  I found one entry from the mayor’s office of March 1945 where is mentioned the immigrants which I am sending in the attachment.  I am so sorry I can not help you more.

Because all the school rooms were prepared for German immigrants, they prepared hay beds on the floor, things that the animals fed from, straw and so forth.  So they could live there and also in the rooms of the inns and restaurants so there was no school held then because the areas were taken by the immigrants.

So at the railroad station was a train with Hungarian soldiers-who worked at the railroad and their families.  Wagons full of stolen things and ammunition were there. On the 15th  of March the migrating birds came back, the 17th frost.

They bombed the railroad and people were killed.  Part of the Hitler Youth left.  Nice days, short  storm and rain and new immigrants came from Wratislaw, with them 350 pairs of horses.  They are cooking for the Germans in the Chateau, school and in restaurants.  Because during the War a lot of laborers came to the city and they didn’t know what to do with them, so they built on the meadow by the road to Radomysl, behind the city, wooden barracks that were later used to house the Germans and later it was considered a camp to house the Germans.  When the German immigrants came in 1944  they were called “national guests”.  They were supposed to be housed by Czech families. But the citizens were really, really afraid because they would have enemies in their households.  The mayor had working under him councilors, Eduard Loss he went even to the governor and spoke with him and made arrangements that the Czech laborers would be moved to the Czech family homes and that the Germans would go to the wooden houses who are welcome but didn’t like to be called national guests.  These German immigrants didn’t like being called this name because they said that they are not guests but are home here.

So those wooden houses were used for this purpose the same as the concrete houses that were built in front of the big ammunition factory on the meadow next to the railroad.  So they had both wooden and concrete houses already built by the factory to house laborers.  The girls that worked at the ammo company began to wear long pants that were cut like men’s pants so they would look like men as to not attract attention.  Later on the young woman wore this as their casual clothing.

So this is what I have been able to learn about the camp in Strakonice where my family stayed in 1945.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

We'll be celebrating St. Patty's Day and Santa Lucia Day this Year!

So my daughter's DNA test results are in.
48 percent Asia East,
1 % Asia Central.  And
3%Greek.  Of which only 1% must be from her dad's side.

From my side she got
25% Europe East,
14% Scandinavian, Ireland 6%,
Italy/Greece, 3%,
Europe West, 2%,
Euro Jewish 1% and
Great Britain only 1%..  The Great Britain is funny because my father had 22%!

The Asia Central area included Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran Pakistan.  Now there's an interesting find!  It was fun to see.  The test showed she was directly related to my parents, which she of course, is.

Never know what our ethnicity comes from or what DNA we get from our forebears.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Arolsen ITS International Tracing Service begins To go Online

Here is the link to the Bad Arolsen site .They have put 50,000 images online of records from the Nazi Regime.  There is no charge and the collection will continue to grow as there are about 30 million documents.  As I looked I found many personal documents, pictures of unknown people.  These pictures that were found and not identified touched me because as my mom fled Breslau, she took her photo albums which had pictures of soldiers who were relatives of theirs.  As they went to the train station my grandmother insisted that my mom drop the pictures and "lose" them so not to have them cause them more trouble later on.  As a result, we have no photos of my mom, grandmother or aunt before the War.  It's sad.  I have a feeling I will be spending quite some time on this site.

Strakonice Yesteryears

In the last few months I was contacted by a "new" relative!  Genealogists love new relatives, don't we?  He and his family live in the Czech Republic.  Being as I don't speak Czech, and he speaks no English, one might wonder how we were able to communicate.  But we had the good fortune to be able to communicate in German.

So after we shared our family information, I had asked him about the 2 camps my family, mother, grandmother and Aunt were relocated to at the end of WWII.  These were located in the places called Strakonice and Novy Kestrany.

He contacted the archivist for me and she was kind enough to do some research.  I was able to have my Czech friend at work translate the documents for me and I will try to transcribe the recording I made over the weekend.  And then I will post it.  I found it very interesting because they reported things in quite a lot of detail as to the feelings of the local people and the expense to have these refugees there.  A different side to the story, but very interesting.

So apparently there were some "wooden houses" that were built and they were called the baracks and were numbered.  Here are some of the people that found themselves in these baracks.

Barak I/3
Huettmann, Waldemar born 14 Oct 1896 in Gross Golle
Mogel, Helmut
Vogeler, Gerhard, born 14 Oct 1894 i Schadenwalde
Schroeter, karl born 14 Aug 1900 in Klein Kuenau by Dessau
Wiltsch, Hans, born 25 Mar. 1905 in Breslau
Berg, Erwin, born 2 May 1905 in Muenchen
Beck, Walater
Ruh, Gertrude, born in Gluennecke kraj Beekow
Homann, Ilse, born in Botta
Peisker, Hildegard, born in Prenglau (could it be Prenzlau?)
Schaerf, Hildeburg born in Leipzig
Vetter, Elisabeth, born in Leipzig
Trapp, Elfriede
Lyko, Sophia from Ratibor

Barak I/4
Hufer, Friedrich
Dornick, Kaethe
Beukenstein, Friedrich
Grosse, Erich
HEnnig, Walter of Dessau
Schneider, Wilfriede of Muegen
Wenzel, Friedrich born 5 Jan 1898 in Schloesschen
Rammler, Erich born 22 Nov in Gersthof
Blaser, Matthias
Piskora, Elfriede, born 14 Apr 1900 in Aussig

Barak I/8
Dietze, Heinz born 6 Oct 1904 in Chemnitz
Dietze, Johanna from Wotzen
Weisdorfer, Johanna
Wander, Fritz born 9 Jul 1897 in Milowka
Herrchen, Adolf, born 3 Dec 1891 Wiesbaden
Herrchen, Charlotte born 25 Mar 1892 in Angermuende
Krucken, Bruno son of Anny Krucken
Habada Alois
Heydel, Albert
Maly, Vlasta
Nichterlein, Max of Weisenfels
Hartmann, Ilse born in Frankfurt am Main
Fabriel, Richard

Barak I/9
Kopielusch, Cornelia of Decin

Barak I/10
Kowalski, Charlotte
Wacker, Elfriede of Appenwayer/Baden
Hotz, Hildegard
Maiss, Gertrud born 9 Mar 1892 Katowice
Sagefka, Marie
Grandeggen, Marie of Leopen

Barak I/11
Hantszch, Wilhelm born 9 Jun 1894 in Kreisdorf Liberce
Sopek, Jan, born 25 Oct 1894
Votruba, Jakub born 20 May 1897 at Dubinne
Matouschek, Franz, born 9 Jul 1886 at Jihlave
Matouschek, Marie born 4 Jun 1895 at Nem Brod
Neumann, Vilem born 6 Aug 1896 at Radoni
Neusser, Jan Slovak born in Horni Stubno
Uhl, Christine, maiden name Mikova born in Novych Hradech
Uhl, Jan son born in the same place

Barak I/12
Patera, Katherine born 22 Feb 1899 in Neu Schoenau
Patera, Irmgard born 3 Mar 1926 in Nekarau
Kruecken, Anna of Nekarau
Nemeck, Josefa, born 29 Feb 1904 in Foesendorf/Wien
Nemec, Josef son born Foesendorf
Nemec, Franz, son born Strakonice
Barak II/1
Glockner, Karl
Vugelsann, Hans
Hille, Ewald
Marten, Erwin

Barak II/3
Delinger, Rudolf Czech Radomysl
Novakova, Marie Czech born 21 Dec 1905 Pacelice
Rejsek, Vaclaw, Czech born 12 Oct 1879 in Volenice
Rejsek, Marie, his wife born 10 Jan 1885 Weitersdorf

Barak III/5
Waechter, Hans born in Bochum

Barak III/9
Hertl, Otto born 30 Jul 1892 in Wolgart
Kremer, Vilem, born 11 Jun 1904 in Suedlingen
Lemke, Kurt born 11 Jan 1896 Reichenbach
Stahmer, Rudolf born 10 Aug 1894 in Hamburg

That's all for tonight.  But I will continue soon.