The Mayor then led us to the Trsice cemetery, where there is a memorial to Otto Wolf and the 18 other residents of Trsice and Zakrov who were killed April 20, 1945 because Nazis suspected them of being partisans. Eerily we approached this cemetery and images from the pictures that Mrs. Ohera had given us of the procession in May of 1945 flashed through our minds.
The Mayor treated us to a wonderful lunch at a quaint restaurant of Trsice. While there, Mrs. Ohera identified people from the pictures that she had provided for Mrs. Tambuscio. After lunch our bus travelled the 2 kilometers to Zakrov, where the Ohera family still lives, and where her parents hid the Wolf family in the spring of 1945. Down the street from the Ohera home, we viewed a monument for the 19 young men who were arrested, tortured, locked in a barn and burned to death. As the rain drizzled, we stood in silence, thinking about Otto Wolf, whose diary we all read back home in Kansas, California, and New Jersey. Now we stand here in the Czech Republic, meeting people who knew the Wolfs, standing in their home towns, and seeing the field and forest where the Wolf family hid.
We travelled into Poland, where they are observing a national week of mourning for the President Lech Kaczynski and other government and religious leaders who were killed in the tragic plane crash last weekend: a sobering atmosphere for tomorrow, our day at Auschwitz and Birkenau.