Lost home movies of the Nazi era

Just watched these 2 episodes and it was absolutely gruesome. People being beaten to death in the street and shootings of Jewish people being photographed and photos developed in the country, shows that it was known what was happening to many.

Having grown up in Germany, being born in 1952 I grew up with very little information. My parents never talked about the war. My father being drawn in, just before it ended and being deployed to Norway and my mother being a nurse, that is all I ever found out.

I don’t think I could ever connect to my home country Germany because I missed so much of its history in the sense that if people never talk about it, you cannot understand what went on in people’s minds and how they want to get over the horrors.

Not even in school, in history lessons did the teachers talk much about the World War II period. It was always conveniently not mentioned.

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Family member of Heinz Kaschke, presumably from the Berlin area.

My family from my mother’s side having been farmers in the most remote corner of Germany were not very connected to the events in the country. My father was from Berlin and I never met any of his family. I have a picture and if anyone recognise the people on it, please contact me. My father left me a Jewish book after his death and it is called a Jewish book in his possessions and I have been informed it is a Yeshayahu Vinograds. I am not aware that he had any religion and do not know how it came into his possession. If anybody has any information about this please let me know. The book is very old.

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Heinz Kaschke (1945?)

I have been told that the Jewish Museum of Berlin is interested in the book but would first like to know how it came into my father’s possession. I show a pic of my father here as he looked during the war: He was stationed in Norway, with the heavy water production.

The silence at home was always deafening. It is not normal that people just do not speak about an era in their lives. It must have been very important for my parents that they met and married during the war. But all my mother ever said is that she had to marry in black silk as this was all she could find.

I only wondered, when I got housed in London’s East End why neighbours’s children mocked us with ‘Heil Hitler’ calls out in the street and my kids got beaten up regularly outside.

I was born in 1952 and had no idea what even went on, and the films I saw today are unforgiveable in content because they show that killings took place in the streets in mass-lynchings of Jewish people. That it was just not concealed killings in Concentration Camps.

From what I knew before I found it amazing that a Jewish lady I had a converstaion with told me that her parents sent her back to Germany after the war and I thought that must have been very difficult to live in a country were friends and family had been killed by mobs.

I am really surprised that Germany was even allowed to continue to exist as a nation after that war, they should have lost the right to be a nation. 

I could never really connect to the nation, even though I grew up there and when I went to visit a few years ago, it felt like a strange place, even my home-town Wuerzburg just looked like a living musuem because I never gotten to get to know people from the bottom of their hearts. I just felt miss-treated there as a young person and left.

I had worked in a book-shop and was one of two people with physical ‘irregularities’ and we both got dismissed from the role in our apprenticeships. Probably the pure race requirements weren’t met by me and my colleague, we were both seen as not fit to work in a bookshop. Obviously they wanted the perfect people and have not learned much from their past.

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