This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dessau, Germany, April 1945

Remember this photo of dad (Mike Hesch)? Yesterday, Larry saw a clip on YouTube from a movie called "Band of Brothers". It's a scene where American troops first realize what German "work camps" were.

Dessau was a town near the boarder with Russia, and at the end of the war, it became a displaced persons camp from which people were sent "home".

Here's what Larry said:

" the town your dad was stationed in where he poses with the bike? They had a camp there.
A unique thing happen: (the Americans) brought in the local citizens who lived nearby and made them see what was going on in the camp, as if to ask "didn't you know this was going on?"
Whew...they must have known, but objecting would have jeopardized their own lives...

No wonder he/they never talked about the war.

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