“…the so-called Sudeten Germans, or former Czechoslovakia’s three-million-strong ethnic German minority, should have been happy to be merely expelled from their homeland in the wake of the second world war.” “When a citizen of some country collaborates with a country that has occupied his state, an expulsion is a subtler [form of] punishment than, for example, a death penalty,” Miloš Zemon the Czech President told a news agency!” May 17- 2013-Prague
Sepp’s parents belonged to the group of people, as addressed by the Czech President. Waldemar and Erika were Sudeten Germans and based on what he said they needed to be grateful to be alive.
Sepp, Sudetenland to Kleinerort is book #1 in a series of fiction writing describing the starting point of Sepp’s Odyssey, which includes his parents forcible expulsion from their ‘Heimat’ the Sudetenland and being resettled in the Frankenland. It’s the story of an overwhelmed, battered and defeated Erika falling from the train into the arms of an unprepared, much surprised man, by name of Waldemar Schuster.
Sepp was born in Northern Bavaria, and he grows up in the American Zone of West Germany. Sepp, Sudetenland to Kleinerort describes Sepp’s youth, and his attempts to fit in. It also is the starting point for his travels, his quest for a better life, to find his ‘Heimat’ which leads him from Bavaria to the Hansestadt.
Sudetenland to Kleinerort
In April of 1945 Erika was taking care of her family farm back in the Sudetenland.
Every day Erika was waiting to see her family members return home. Then in 1946, the new government seized her family’s farm. Erika was happy to be allowed to live and work as a maid on the property once owned by her family for over 600 years. Here she had a baby girl and named her Frieda.
In late 1948 she was being deported from her ‘Heimat’ (homeland) the Sudetenland.
In West Germany, in the American Zone Erika had a son by the name of Sepp who grew up in the American Zone of West Germany. And once he reached age 13 it was time for him to find work and take care of himself.
Sepp asked about the Sudetenland He wanted to know why what and when did his parents lose their homes. Knowing that he would not be going back there, Sepp started his search for a place to call home.
In the Hansestadt Sepp had found his home. It was all too good to be true, the life in the attic, the income, meeting people, being needed and well liked too.