Unforgotten village in Silesia
by Inge Andrews née Pfeiffer
It is now over 60 years ago since I last saw my village. We didn't leave voluntarily. The Soviet Army had advanced into Germany and we received orders to evacuate our village. We left on January 20th, 1945 and many years passed before anyone could see their home again.
Over the years people found a new place to live, but the memory of their old village will always stay fresh in their minds. In the meantime, some people have visited their old home while others have preferred to remember it the way it was. Some of us have tried to look up old friends and classmates in order to exchange information and memories. In this manner, I was able to obtain some photos and picture postcards which I would like to share with people who are interested in our village. Anyone who has some pictures, documents, and/or stories of interest regarding Paschkerwitz, is invited to get in contact with me.
My e-mail Address: email@example.com .
I would like to thank the following people:
Dr. Will Yancey (USA) for his generous offer to place this page on his Web site. Will's mother came from the neighboring village of Langenau (now Cienin).
They visited Paschkerwitz together some years ago.
Monika Voss (USA) for photos, picture postcards and the exchange of memories. Her grandfather used to be the postmaster in Paschkerwitz. Gerhard Frost (Wetzlar, Germany) for photos Paschkerwitz (Pasikurowice) and from Silesia. He has visited the village several times in recent years. Christa Stock (Frankfurt, Germany) for picture postcards, photos and lists of people. Christa often visited her grandparents in our village. Dora Rösler (Kelheim, Germany) for a pictures and information. Dora was a neighbor of mine in Paschkerwitz. Margot Schmidt ( Bad Blankenburg, Germany) for photos and help in finding information. Otto Heinrich (Neubrandenburg, Germany) Otto, Margot and I went to the village school in Paschkerwitz. Manfred Schmitt (Germany) for picture postcards and lists of people. Manfred's mother came from a village in our area.
Discontinuity and nostalgia are most profound if, in growing up, we leave or lose the place where we were born and spent our childhood, if we become expatriates or exiles; if the place, or the life, we were brought up in is changed beyond recognition or destroyed.
Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist on Mars
Last update January 2010