from 1937 till our escape 1945
nowadays: Koszalin / Polen
Click the images! Nearly all of them have a blow up
Köslin: market, town hall, St. Mary's church
Köslin? Where can I find it?
My way to school: Along the town hall
In April 2012 I was in Köslin/Koszalin for 48 hours.
It was the first time that I came back since we fled in 1945 from here.
I visited the places of my youth.
the main station before the end of the war
|2012| In my youth we lived in the first yellow building on the right side.
In the background you see the new building of the station (pale yellow)
|2012| Except the new overhead line, the platform is the same as I remember it from 1945
In the winter 1944/45 I was 14 years old. I had to work as aide, to lead
fugitives to a shelter etc.
I remember still some terrible situations.
Market Place with the Monument of Friedrich Wilhelm I
|2012| ...in nearly the same viewing direction you find now the town hall
|2012| Market Place with St. Mary's Church
Click the left-hand picture!
Bank of Pomerania
|2012| ... Nowadays there is still a bank. The street is broadened, righthand
there is no more any building from the old days till 1945
The Firm of my Parents
repairing a motor-cycle
automobile trade and repairing
master and assistants
in front of a Krupp truck
Buchwaldstr. 93: This was the place of my parents' firm
|2012| nowadays there is another automobile trade
Going to school till 1945
I went to elementary school in this red building
|2012| guess that still nowadays there is a school
One day the teacher in my elementary school ordered us to write an essay
about the post office and animated us to visit and explore it. Indeed
the employees showed me (nine years old) all the rooms, and explained
their tasks. I remember intensively how they cancelled the stamps, swinging
the punch between stamp-pad and letter and back.
|2012| And now, 73 years later, I stand again in front of the post office.
Except the Polish writing the building is exactly the same as I remember it.
|2012| Post Office. How do they cancel the stamps nowadays?
|2012| secondary school
Here and There
|2012| The "Gollen", now named Góra Chelmska, nowadays is a holy
place with St. Mary's sanctuary
|2012| the observation tower
|2012| The old city wall
|2012| ... and Groß Mölln, today Mielno
|2012| place of the former synagogue
When I went to school on 10th of November 1938 I saw a building on fire.
Someone told me, that it was the synagogue of Köslin. At that time
(eight years old) I did not yet know, what is a synagogue.
But what I saw on that day, I remember it exactly.