Mission

2007 Journal

(Posted: July 22, 2011)

I’ve added my first entry from my 2007 journal.  In 2005 I visited Stalag Luft VI, the first POW camp that my Father was interned in.  You may be aware from this web site that he was held in three different camps for a total of 15 months.  Of course I wanted to visit all three camp areas – I needed to in order for my mission to be complete.  In 2006, the tour covered Stalag Luft IV as well as a return visit to Stalag Luft I.  In 2007 I preceded the tour to Stalag Luft IV and Stalag Luft I with a visit to the former Stalag Luft VI camp area in Silute, Lithuania. So this is where I’m at in “My Journals” – the 2007 quest to retrace my Father’s complete journey through his three regions of internment finally reaching Stalag Luft VI, formerly Heydekrug.

2005 – May 5

(Posted: March 24, 2011)

I’ve just added our visit to Dachau to “my journal”. It may seem that I am straying from what this is all about. I have branched from the main focus of this web site but the fact is that even though it may equate to twigs off of the tree, I still equate any area that we traveled (that was not central to my mission) to my father’s experience in one way or another, however small that may have been. After all, he is the reason that I was there. He was always on my mind even though we were venturing through areas that he hadn’t physically been. Although they were places that he hadn’t been, he certainly knew of them. He never forgot the horror of the Concentration Camps. I can remember, when I was young, the programs that he would watch about the Holocaust. Our stop at Dachau would have brought painful memories back to my father: his being well aware of the atrocities that occurred and the fact that he was in Germany at the time that these horrific events were taking place.

I am not sorry that we visited other historic areas during our tour. For me, it broadened my knowledge of that era, an era that my father knew well. So I will chance it that it’s not too boring and continue to add the journals that may only be of interest to a few readers. Some may find it to be of value so it will be worth my time. At a later time, it may be removed if I feel that it’s not necessary. I view it as background information to the writing of the story. Once all of my diaries are added maybe I’ll scale them down to leave only the areas that are the focus of my dad’s journey. I guess I’ll wait to see if I get any kind of feedback from any visitors once, hopefully, people learn of ‘Remember-History’.

Roommates

(Posted: February 11, 2011)

As I leafed through the pages, I could almost picture my father. He was only 20 when he was captured and I could imagine the feelings and emotions that he must have felt locked up in his “home” behind barbed wire. As I read the names and “nicknames” of his roommates – names I’m sure that he had spoken many times, I wanted to find someone who could tell me their memories of their roommate, Sgt. John Kyler.