Piece of history in Whitchurch (U.K).

Many followers of this page will have read Thomas Harding's 'Hanns and
Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz.' It
relates the story of Lieutenant Hanns Alexander, who was tasked by the
British War Crimes Investigation Team to hunt for senior Nazis. He and his
team eventually captured Rudolf Höss. Hanns Alexander was a German Jewish refugee who arrived in the UK in the late 1930s and would eventually see military service with the British army. In early 1940 the British introduced a policy of mass internment of newly arrived refugees. This had an impact on the family of Hanns Alexander and provides a somewhat tenuous link between his family and the Höss family. Erich Hirschowitz (by then calling himself Harding) was the brother-in-law of Hanns Alexander. On 19 July 1940 he was arrested at his home in London and the next day he was transferred to an internment camp near the town of Whitchurch in Shropshire, England. A few days ago Rainer was taken by Simon to explore the perimeter of where the tented camp once was. It is somewhat hidden from view, with no markers indicating its existence. Only a few derelict military buildings remain, but it was fascinating to look around this place, knowing that it had a connection to the past of the man who captured Rudolf Höss.

 

- Written by Simon Bell


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Vicki G
5 months ago

My fiance calls senior Nazis ,,Nazi größen" but the word "great," as used in that construction doesn't seem to mean great & good."
He clearly means, "great and terrible."

Someone in his family was ,,auf Hitlersbefehel verschwunden, an einen unbekannten Ort gebracht und nie wieder gesehen". He reads & speaks German better than English, so I usually put his statements in German.

The person who disappeared was physically disabled after polio.
Gustav, my fiance, feels really angry about it. The word he uses is ,,wütend brannt."

The person was a child when he disappeared. It was the brother of Gustav's Opa, who's still alive. He turned 100 in April. He has Hitler in living memory but he won't talk much about it. He remembers when Hitler became Kanzler.