All across Europe there are celebrations of liberation at various times as it was the spring of 1945 that the Allied forces pushed through. Last year we traveled through Germany in the spring where we stopped to visit both Dachau and Flossenbürg concentration camps. It was the 70th anniversary and the heightened emotion was certainly felt in the air as survivors returned to be commemorated. We arrived at Flossenbürg just as the memorial service was starting.
Man with red tie is a survivor
Flowers gifted from countries all over the world
Dachau was a very different experience than from Flossenbürg in that Dachau was left mostly untouched to be a visual reminder of what took place.
View from barrack
Lockers and eating area
Building where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was held before execution in the courtyard
This plaque is placed at the execution site in memory to members of the German resistance executed on April 9, 1945 which included the Lutheran pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Things We Couldn't Say - Diet Eman (Dutch Resistance)
A Thread of Grace - Mary Doria Russell (Italian Resistance in Piedmont)
Zion Covenant Series - Bodie Thoene
Emma's class integrated a drama course into their studies this year and presented a production last Friday in collaboration with another 7th grade class from a different school. The play was based on the book "Fulmine, un cane coraggioso--La Resistenza raccontata ai bambini" (Fulmine, a courageous dog--The Resistance told to children). In the play there were narrators telling stories about partisans fighting the Nazis and the dog Fulmine passing along secret notes to partisans throughout Italy. The play also includes scenes in which grandparents tell stories to their families about the Resistance and the War, to help them remember what happened years ago. The play ends with Italy celebrating their liberation from the Nazis and Fascism at the end of the war.
She did an excellent job with her lines and really had a lot of fun.