|The Hinzert Stories from Luxembourg|
|The "annexation" of Luxembourg by Germany in May 1940 sparked a vibrant Resistance movement. Young Luxembourg men were conscripted into the Wehrmacht, non-Germanic family names were changed, and German became the official language. The country was small but their opposition was magnificent. A national strike against the German conscription in August 1942 prompted a transport of prisoners to Hinzert, some of whom were executed.
Over 1600 Luxembourgers were confined in Hinzert; their stories are well-documented and freely told to this day. Survivors continue to meet at Hinzert yearly in September.
|Metty Barbel, as a student in the
Luxembourg Resistance and later as a survivor of Hinzert
His book, Student in Hinzert und Natzweiler, is written in easily understood German and includes many photos of the Hinzert camp. Mr. Barbel died in 1991.
|Fred Karen of Echternach Luxembourg remembers the 1942 arrest of local Resistance leader Harry Weydert. Fred and his classmates in Osweiler watched as two Gestapo staff cars and an open truck of SS men pulled up at Monsieur Weydert's house across the street from the local school. Shortly after, Monsieur Weydert emerged with his hands high. First stop for M. Weydert was Hinzert, followed by Buchenwald. Unlike many, he survived three years of captivity and was liberated by US forces. Today his striped prison garb hangs in the National Military Museum in Diekirche. He recorded his memories in a series of fourteen drawings showing snow, forced labor, and hollow-eyed POWs. Osweiler restauranteur Fred Weydert preserved the drawings after M. Weyderts death in the late 1980's.
The uncle of Beaufort resident Felicia Minette was also imprisoned in Hinzert for Resistance activities. The emotional scars were deep, and following his release in 1945 he "lived in a closet for a year", said Mmd Minette. "He never was normal, and was a recluse his entire life."