Lohr

Saturday, 22 March 2003, 11:30 h.

When we arrived at Lohr, we drove to a park place were another group of people were awaiting us. Karl-Heinz Schroll entered the travel bus and was introduced by my as the Leader of the local history club who was very helpful in the past. In the preparation phase of this tour I arranged with Mr. Schroll a walk to the nice town.

(Photo: Dr. Jim Sudmeier)

During our little food walk, Mr. Schroll showed photos from April 1945, which were taken during the advance of the 14th US Armored Division - it followed directly in Task Force Baum's tracks. The  main street still looks like in 1945 with its framework houses and the paving-stones.

(Photo: Dr. Jim Sudmeier)

A local eyewitness explained to Abe Baum how he felt, when he saw the tanks of Task Force Baum on the morning of 27 March 1945. His uncle asked on of the tank commander to give him a big black cigar. Later he told this story in Lohr and said: "I'm the first man of Lohr who got a cigar by the Americans" - "The tank commander must have been Bill Nutto - he always smoked cigars!" answered Abe Baum.

(Photo: Inken Kleibömer)

In the town hall of Lohr, the mayor awaited the Happy Few Group and welcomed them at Lohr. A little snack was prepared and the veterans could do a little small talk with the local eyewitnesses. The mayor presented Abe Baum and Bob Zawada a book about the end of war at Lohr - "When the Americans arrived". Abe Baum was most impressed about the warmth of the locals. He said: "May be I didn't destruct to much when I came through Lohr!"

(Photo: Inken Kleibömer)

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