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Monday, 28 September 2015

Day 183 - My dad and I both seen to have been in touch with our shadows!!!

Excerpt from my dad's notes about life in Bulawayo for him in the 70's - Bulawayo helped me to see my shadow too...I treated my workers according to the laws of the land and more often than not, much better!   My work force consisted of the worst  type of rabble one could find.  Workers, who were considered to be  throw-outs of old mines, simpletons, agitators, infiltrators and, on top of it all that, we were operating in Maholi country.

The Maholi, at that time were considered to be descendants and previous prisoners of, The Matabele Impis. 
Image result for images of matabele In other words, people who had been put on the "edge" or edges of the forbidden territory, or similar to "an army of the damned in the twilight zone."

In return for wages and extras you got practically no production.  As soon as my back was turned there was wide-scale theft as well as threats to my  workers from enlisted intimidators, as well as, unending quarreling which was intermittently added to the, by now, "big bag of tricks".

On top of everything else  groups of young con-men would also tell the workers to demand Sheelite money per pound/weight, which for their own protection, was forbidden by law.  Lastly, competition from other prospectors and miners was also very high.  Common occurrences were,  jumping claims and "salted" information.

To be continued .... (My Dad is talking about issues and attitudes from the 1970's,, including his own attitude of course!) - see his war memoir at: or ca!

Day 182 - What I learned from my dad is to forget my personal tragedies and move on....

I can see my shadow too! Thanks Dad!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Day 1\80A- Records from Buchenwald re Louis Fynaut and his incarceration at Auschwitz and Buchenwald...

My dad had mentioned that one of his biggest disappointments, after his experiences at, Auschwitz and Buchenwald were the naysayers and I am happy to say that I have managed to get documented proof of what happened to him as follows:

The logo at the top of the 1st sheet reads:

Stiftung Gedenkstatten
Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora

The gist of the correspondence is that most of the documentation can be obtained through the International Tracing Service..... 
However, Buchenwald Archives, in Weimer, Germany, included 9 pages of records, in which is clearly stated that, the information is for personal family use only and cannot be published without consent.

The records include; an Identification card, a record of the clothes he possessed and a metal like tag and some other info.....  

The first thing that hit me in the face was my dad's image staring out at me from the Haftlings-Personal Karte.  The identification photo is very clear and highly defined so is very, very striking. 
I was also particularly aware of the word, STUDENT which shot out at me from one of his record pages.

As usual, to see my dad's face so starkly, sent a wave of emotion over me and made me realize, yet again,  how important it is to lead my life, in a good and decent manner as he did! 

Off the point just a little now...........the other day someone said to me, "It is unusual for someone, she meant me, to have such a strong spiritual connection with a person who is not alive."  I don't think that is unusual at all!!!!?????Am I missing something.........

Lastly, a while back, a troll, sent me some messages unsigned and basically called my dad a liar and said he was a coward and was likely never in the camps, the correspondence was left unsigned....... 

The following data was included on the first pages of the letter received yesterday and nearly duplicates, to a tee,  the chronology of my dad's descriptions of his work assignments and incidents that happened during and after these assignments at Buchenwald.....

Inquiry on

Louis Fynaut

......was transferred from Auschwitz concentration camp to Buchenwald on March 14, 1944 (date on arrival).  Upon arrival in Buchenwald he was assigned the prisoner number 53152 and was housed in block 57, later he was moved to block 42.   During his incarceration he had to work in the following work units:

quarry (53)
Gustloff-Werk II (30, it was an armaments factory located next to the camp)
road construction (41)
drainage construction (14)
police Weimer (34)

My dad's book is on Google and Amazon called, How I Survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald and also at!  The book versions are his words exactly.....except the foreword and a few other things.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Day 180 - Accessing - The Ancient Tower through my dad's memoir....and experiences as well as my own..

© Heather Twining more by Heather Twining
April 2009

Father And Daughter

The bond between father and daughter happens instantly, starting right at birth,
When a father first lays eyes on his little girl he loves her more than anything on this earth,
When a daughter grows older her father is the first man she will love,
And the last one her father will have trouble letting go of,
In her eyes he is the closest thing to God, in her eyes he is a King,
To her father she means the world, she means everything.
When a daughter grows up to be an adult and mature,
Her father will always be there anytime she still needs dad to help her,
To give her advice or just-for anything she will ever need,
The bond between father and daughter is the most important bond indeed,
It cannot be broken when she finds a man, and become his wife,
It cannot be broken even in the ending of either ones life,
A daughter will always have the memories of her father, her best friend
This bond has a beginning, but there is never an end.
The bond between a father and daughter is so profound
The love shared is well renowned,
From the beginning of his daughters life, he is a changed man,
At that moment his life really just began.
From the moment their eyes meet,
two souls instantly become complete.Image result for images for stephen jenkinson quotes

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Hired a car and went to Buchenwald yesterday.  It was different from what I expected......left some balancing Stones on the stump of The Goethe tree. 

I know my dad would be pleased I visited .   I feel I have some closure now I have visited.  It was a lovely sunny, bright day and at times it was hard to imagine and comprehend that the building and surrounding area had seen some very terrible times...... visited The Quarry which is in a very beautiful Setting.......

Talked to a Group of School children and their teacher - one of them was from Belgium and he was very nice and waved goodbye to me in an endearing manner.

Reflected about the Girls from Lille who perished at Auschwitz and asked my dad and the other political prisoners who matched by them just before they were murdered - Tell the World what Happened to Us Please ´well I think between us; my dad and I got their message out to the world via the Internet and it is something that those Girls from Lille never knew would happen .....

Felt very grateful to have been  Walking in the sun at Buchenwald.....Image result for images of sunshine and happiness