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  • 10 April 2022 The Farsleben Liberation Ceremonies


    Concerning the large ceremony we intend to celebrate the Liberation Monument on August 30, 2022. There will be a very small ceremony on April 13, 2022. The current Corona restrictions in Germany have been minimized to only wearing masks in hospitals, planes, trains and other public transport. There are no more limits as to how many people can go to an event.

    The Farsleben Foundation wants to welcome you to come to the Farsleben Liberation Ceremonies on August 30, 2022. Later we shall provide you with a program, but before we can do that we need to know how many people will be coming. We have reserved a building named Webershof, (which the survivors 1st visited on April 13, 1945), for your arrival in the morning. We need to anticipate whether 50 people or 150 people will be coming, in order to accommodate the right amount of space. 

 

  •  10 March 2022 The Farsleben Liberation Ceremonies

    The Farsleben Liberation Ceremonies will take place April 13, 2022 at 11 a.m.  This will be a very small ceremony. It will begin at the Monument and afterwards take place at Webers Hof Culture Center in Farsleben. Under the current covid regulations in Germany only a maximum of 50 guests may be present in the building.  We would like to have a large ceremony with guest speakers perhaps in August this year, (perhaps around the 30th of August), however we are reluctant to set the date and prefer to wait until April when the latest covid regulations are known at that time.

    Bergen Belsen plans to hold their ceremonies not in April, but from August 31st till September 5th.

    Having these ceremonies will be a great opportunity to speak with other survivors and their families, plus veteran families.

    The locals of Farsleben, Hillersleben, Wolmirstedt and vicinity have contributed much time and money in making this event possible so that it may never be forgotten what took place at the Farsleben train tracks on April 13, 1945.

    In Wolmirstedt there is also in the local museum with a permanent display of the facts that took place on the Stranded Train and the time thereafter, which you are invited to see, as well as visiting the Jewish cemetery in Hillersleben, but also the cemetery in Farsleben where the persons who did not survive the train trip are buried.

    As you can see on this website the Liberation Monument is already on display near the railroad tracks in Farsleben. This was done so that survivors and veterans could see it, who are unable to make the trip because of health reasons.

    Should you wish to come on April 13th, 2022, please let me know in advance so that we can register all visitors to be expected.  For those of you, who would prefer to come in August for the large ceremony, please inform me as well. At a later date I will inform you of the exact date.

     
  • 13 April 2021 Small memorial service

    On 13 April 2021 there was only a small memorial at the liberation monument, due to the Corona virus restrictions in Farsleben. 


    The woman with microphone next to the monument is Anette Pilz, Board Member of the Stranded Train Committee.

           The ceromony, video 1
           The ceromony, video 2
           The ceromony, video 3

  • April 2020 Ceremonies Cancelled
     
    We regret to inform you that the April 2020 ceremonies in Farsleben, Germany, have been cancelled due to the Corona Virus. There are no flights leaving from Israel to Germany. And there are no flights allowed to enter the USA from Europe. The German department of health also advises not to visit at this time. There is also an outbreak of the Corona Virus in the county Saxony-Anholt, where Farsleben is located. There will be no event planned for this summer.
    We plan to celebrate this next year together in the same period as Bergen Belsen. On the website we will post the new date when it is known. The good news is that the monument is still on schedule and will be ready in April. 

  • Official Monument Dates would be: 17th and 21st of April 2020 at the Seeweg, Farsleben train tracks, before being cancelled.
  • 16th November 2019 near the Farsleben train tracks two Hickory Trees were planted in the vicinity of the future Liberation Monument in Commemoration for the 30th Division, the so called Old Hickory Division. A lot of locals came out in the cold and rain to plant these hard to find trees.



  • A small wireless chip the size of a grain of rice will be placed on top of the monument. By simply scanning the chip with most newer android and apple mobile phones it will effortlessly connect the user to this memorial site: http://www.13april1945.com.
    This will direct the visitor to reach multimedia content to experience more of the history on the events that took place here on the 13th of April 1945.
  • Recently four Veterans of the 30th Division attended the Limburg, Holland 75th Liberation Ceremonies in September 2019. This was the same Division that liberated the train. The Veterans were: John O'Hare, George Hamm, Peter Munger and Tony Jaber. Accompanying them were family members and a few current military members of the 30th Division, among them Col. Wes Morrison. See photo's in the Margraten Cemetery, Holland. 

       
  • Below are newly discovered photo's of the 30th Division during the Liberation of Heerlen, Holland on 17 September 1944.
  • If anyone recognizes any of the Veteran faces please contact us using the Contact tab on this website.
 
All photo's below have copyright and require permission to use. Copyright Erik Vleeshouwers, Hunsel.