“Young Follower”

So after two weeks of some CreComm adventures I return this week to my grandfather's story. I left off last time with his participation in the Battle for Bastogne.  In early January my Opa was injured and taken back to a military hospital in Wurzburg.  There he spent three weeks recovering from the shrapnel he took to the leg …

Bastogne

So this week, I return to my grandfather's story.  I left off before my history lesson, with my grandfather in what is now Slovakia.  It was there that he had his SS boot camp.  His training was held at a Castle a top a hill that the Germans revered as sacred.  They called it 'Holy …

Holy Mountain

This week in my grandfather's story, I continue by moving to his military training.  Last week like I mentioned, I talked about how once he and his family moved to Germany from Poland he was conscripted into the German Army and then transferred to the SS.  In March of 1944, he was sent to the former Czechoslovakia for his basic …

Lodz

This week in my grandfather's story I return to Europe.  Before Christmas I wrote about the family's trek to Poland from Ukraine.  It was a long drawn out trip that took almost 3 months.  To put it into context a train excursion from Zaporozhe to Lodz takes approx 16 hours of train travel.  The biggest reason why it …

Fall

My first blog post of the new year continues my grandfather's story, but is a little different.  The reason why I say different is because it leaves Europe during the war and fast forwards to 1990 in the backyard of my grandfather's home.  The family yard was and is a very important fixture in mine and my family's …

The First Christmas

My grandfather's story continues this week with their arrival in Poland in December 1943.  They spent almost 3 months on the train from Ukraine and their arrival into the city of Lodz, Poland is one of great remembrance for my Opa.  This year marks the 70th anniversary of my Opa's arrival.  Every time December rolls around I think …

Stanislavov

I mentioned earlier in my grandfather's story that I would also include some stories about his sisters and brothers.  Today I want to tell a story about my Tante Lisa.  When I talk to other people in my family about her I am told that she was my Opa's second mother.  She fed him, changed …