St. Marien Church – Stalag Luft I

(Posted: June 2, 2011)

The most striking view in Barth, to me, is the beautiful old church, the St. Marien Church.  You can view it from everywhere and the men living in captivity could see it in the distance.  Imagine how they would feel being able to see the outline of the steeple.  I’m certain that their faith helped them to survive and this steeple was a constant reminder and most certainly provided some solace.  I wrote this in my 2006 journal…..

“It was astounding to me to look at this steeple from the same area my father had.  What a feeling it had to be for those men to view this house of worship from behind barbed wire – this beautiful steeple and this beautiful old church and there they were as prisoners doing the best they could to practice any sort of religion.  There is just some tranquility that is felt gazing at this landmark and its appearance may have served to provide peacefulness to those captive bodies but free minds. “

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