The Embracing Forest [2005]

In 2005 I returned to Germany (with a side trip to Poland) in a March-April visit timed to be able to attend the twentieth anniversary service in memory of the 1985 death of then-Major Arthur Nicholson. I covered this for the Berlin Observer publication of the Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association (see link to story in pdf format).

The story turned out to be like peeling an onion, within each layer there was another layer. In gathering this information, I was aided by several local residents. However, for reasons that became clear to me when I did some added research on the "dark current" of issues in that area, I have not identified them. As I watched the ceremony, I was watched by the gentleman pictured on the left.

The photo gallery above shows a pre-WWII map of the area, then shows participants in the ceremony and reception afterward at the new Mecklenburg Hof, then the Ludwigslust Bahnof and trans-Europe passengers dining in a through Czech car, oblivious to the stories that await a passenger who rides the local train.

-- R. W. Rynerson

 Midpoint of the Cold War

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