Sorry for the short notice, but I’m afraid that we’ve to change the speaker and subject for the talk on 3rd April.
The speaker will now be Jane McKeown, who will be talking on “Historical Events in South Africa”. Wives and/or partners will still be very welcome at the meeting.
On March 6th, Club member Lothar Trinogga talked to us about a recent visit he made to trace his ancestry.
was born in Leverkusen, a city to the North of Cologne, Germany. His
great grandfather was a farmer only 20 miles from the Russian Border,
near the town of Treuberg (East Prussia), renamed Olecko (Poland)
after WW2 when the area was divided between Poland and Russia. This
made tracing people and places much more complex.
old farmhouse was gone, but from photographs he was able to identify
the location precisely, and he found a neglected family graveyard
with gravestones for his great grandparents.
related the amazing escape of his father, a soldier fighting for
Germany in WW2, from an advancing Russian army. He walked 1000 kms
alone, south to Cologne, arriving in an emaciated condition
unrecognisable to Lothar’s grandfather. All his father’s
colleagues died in the Russian prison camps.