My research began 1997 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. It was there that I saw my uncle’s party membership card for the very first time in front of my eyes – and it was there that I learned about my uncle’s many trips to the former, socalled ‚Occupied Territorries of the East’, beginning to grasp the meaning behind his official title »Stellvertretender Leiter des freiwilligen europäischen Sondereinsatzes in den besetzten Ostgebieten«.

All those documented journeys he undertook from berlin to kaunas in the years 1942-1944 were meant to build the structures for the settlement of Dutch farmers and handymen in the Baltics, invisioned to be followed by the Like-Minded from Denmark, Belgium and France.

And it was in Washington D.C. as well that I found the book Heroism and Bravery in Lithuania 1942-1944 by Alex Faitelson, where he speaks about the Jewish Resistance in Kaunas and the legendary mass escape from Fort IX that he helped organize.

Burkhard von Harder, 2009