Saturday, 19 March 2005

Horst Hoffmann

Born in Berlin in 1925, began training as a plumber, also a good boxer in his day representing Germany in youth competitions. Refused to join Hitler Youth, family threatened as the desperate drive for soldiers to repel the Allied forces and so he joined and saw action in in World War II aged 19.

Captured and made a POW in Nottingham where he met Beatrice Stephenson, a nurse. The two fell in love and married at the end of the war, eventually having four children. Settled in Nottingham tried a made a living to support his young family, difficult in the face of prejudice against his race, leading to his children being taken off him; he wins them back a year later and stability slowly returns to the family.

And that's just the beginning...

Grandad died this morning in Nottingham City Hospital. Rest in peace Horst. xxxxx

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