From Holland to Bavaria: The quest starts at Dachau

Dachau is a place that can not really be described, and I’m not going to try. But seeing the vast roll-call space, let alone the registration building, execution area, gas chamber and ovens is enough to set your hair on end. Yes, it is real. It really happened. And what happened is beyond my imagination. And that hits home as I walk through the gate with the well-known horrific slogan ‘Arbeit macht frei’. That first impact, and the feeling of walking amongst ghosts will stay with me. And then to think my uncle might have been there.

Roll call area, Dachau
Roll call area, Dachau

Initially I went to Dachau as a gesture of respect to my uncle, who died when he was 22 years old at the hands of the Nazis in Germany. And I left Dachau with an incredible urge to…

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History And Other Thoughts: Feodora Of Leiningen, Queen Victoria’s Half-sister

King George III had sired many sons, but only the eldest, George, married (much against his will) and had a legitimate child, Charlotte. Her premature death in childbirth, spurred her uncles to find suitable brides to beget the next heir to the throne. Edward, Duke of Kent, chose the widowed Princess of Leiningen, Victoria.

Victoria’s fertility was in no doubt. She had given her first, much older, husband, Prince Emich Charles, two children: a son, Charles, and a daughter, Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine, known as Feodora. Feodora was born on December 7, 1707 near Amorbach. Her father died when she was only 7. In 1818, she gained a new step-father, when her mother tied the knot with the Duke of Kent.

The following year, Feodora moved to England with her mother. A month after her arrival, her step-sister and future Queen, Victoria, was born. Feodora adored her. The young girl, who learned…

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