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Proud Daughter
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From: Elgin, IL
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posted 3/30/2009 1:28:52 PM    Click here to view the profile for Proud Daughter  Click here to email Proud Daughter  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
http://www.buergervereinigung-landsberg.org/

Hi - It would take a long time to tell how I found out about this, and it's not all that interesting, so I'll cut to the chase.

I'm in correspondence with an historian with the Landsberg Kaufering VII Memorial in Landsberg. I told him my dad (Chuck Witham, MN)was among those that liberated Landsberg and he wrote, "We will raise the American flag in honor of the American liberators on April 26, 2009 to show that we remember". He asked if I would send a greeting they would be appreciative and would read it that day.

I thought how much more meaningful would it be for them to hear from those of you who were there, if any of you have any interest.
I included the website address at the top there, and also Herr Posset's email (I hope any correspondence will get there).

If you have any trouble but would like to send a few words of memorial, you can send them to my home email and I will forward them. (redhawkswife@wowway.com)

The historian's name is Anton Posset:
vorstand@buergervereinigung-landsberg.de

You brave men should be proud that you were there to help end the horror. I'm proud of you.

Thanks!

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 3/30/2009 8:49:07 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Proud Daughter of Charles Witham (HQ-17th Armored Infantry Battalion). I will forward your message to some
members of the 12th Armored Division Association. Because of the time constraints, it will not be possible to alert most of the veterans who participated in the liberation of Landsberg and the Kaufering camps before April 26. I hope to contact some of them, however.

By the way, a survivor of camp IV and one of the other
camps made his way to Landsberg and was liberated by
the 12th Armored. His name is Joe Hausner and he has
written a booik of his experinces. He spoke to a reunion
of the Association in Sept. of 2007. Part of his book is excerpted in BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES in the left hand column. Joe is living in Chicago and I can put you in
touch with him.

I have to tell you that the computer literate veterans do not often read the messages on this Message Board. The best way to communicate with them is through the Hellcat
News.

Thanks for your message.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg (Legacy Member-2nd generation). geomike@buffalo.edu

Proud Daughter
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posted 3/31/2009 9:52:51 AM    Click here to view the profile for Proud Daughter  Click here to email Proud Daughter  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Mike for your response!

It seems like this is the year for Holocaust memorial - it seems to be everywhere - my library has an event Thursday night, there's a new museum opening in Skokie in April. I might get back to you about Mr. Hausner after this week which is full of finals - I went back to school - I want to teach history in middle school.

Thanks for all your efforts here.

Georgie Camacho, Elgin, IL

Proud Daughter
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posted 3/31/2009 10:54:48 AM    Click here to view the profile for Proud Daughter  Click here to email Proud Daughter  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Say Mike - Is there an email address for Hellcat News? I'd like to send the same message to them - maybe they can get it out to a few people, even by forwarding my note. I have the paper at home, but I'm at work, and wondered if you had an Email address. If not, it'll wait til I get home.
Thanks

Georgie

Ken K Legacy Member
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posted 4/4/2009 6:56:59 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken K Legacy Member  Click here to email Ken K Legacy Member  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Contact John Critzas

the12tharmored@aol.com

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posted 4/28/2009 5:22:38 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hello,
My name is Jessica Roberson and I work for the United States Army Garrison in Garmisch, Germany. I run a community center there and, long story short, brought a group to Landsberg last week to commemorate Remembrance Days.
I had planned on just doing a trip to Augsburg where there is a cultural museum but on the way there via the romantic road stumbled upon a few of the Kaufering memorials. My questions led me to the Landsberg in the 20th Century group and the beginning of a long converation and new friendship.
Herr Possett and Her Deiler asked me to return last Sunday and represent the Americans, do a reading to honor the day the 12th Armored liberated the camps.
I was honored to read a letter from John Critzas under the American flag.
I wanted to convey to you all the weight I felt on my shoulders in that moment. To speak on your behalf was an honor and a priviledge, particularly as a person who works for the Army in 2009.
I spent the afternoon with Herr Deiler exploring Landsberg, seeing the prison where Hitler wrote "Mein Kampf" and where war crimes tribunals were later held. We finished off the day making plans to meet again in July and do some fly fishing... and made plans to try to figure out ways to get the next generations on board so we never forget.
Just thought I would share that story. My email address is jessica.roberson1@us.army.mil
If any retirees or family members are interested in travel in Bavaria or meeting up with these men, I would be more than happy to help.
Sincerely,
Jessica Roberson
USAG Garmisch