Wolfsberg 2017

Friday evening at the Kuss


In the evening, we gathered again at the Kuss for dinner. Entertainment began with a some lovely singing from a local choir, Singkreise Thurn, who provided a medley of traditional Austrian folk songs mixed with more modern classics, like the Beach Boys' 'Barbara Ann'. The Mayor of Wolfsberg, Hans-Peter Schlagholz, welcomed us all as did Igor Pucker, the Director of the State Museum in Klagenfurt and a long-time friend of the Stalag 18A community. This occasion gave me the opportunity to thank Dr Margit Berner from the Natural History Museum in Vienna, for all her help in providing POW ID photos. After that, we viewed a recording of Eric Bardsley's speech in German from the 2013 Weekend, followed by some more songs from Singkreis Thurn. The evening was completed by an intense and emotional reading of Joe Woodward's play 'Violine', based upon his father's experience as a POW and later in life.


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Saturday morning at the site of Stalag 18A

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