I grew up in Spencer, Iowa and entered the US Air Force in 1958. I had a 27 year military career followed by a 20 year career in industry, predominantly in the satellite communications field. I have been retired since 2005, and live in Preveza, Greece with my wife, Anastasia.
I had long been interested in World War I and II history and had read a lot on the subjects. My wife had an uncle who died fighting the Italians in northern Greece in 1941. I had a great uncle in WWI -- a doughboy in the Argonne Forest near Verdun, France. My older brother was a B-17 crewman in WWII, assigned to the 452nd Bomb Group and flying on "Da Poiple Boid"* (that's us on the left circa 1943).
My company assigned me to a contract in Landstuhl, Germany from 1998 to 2005. Since photography has been a life long hobby, I took this opportunity to visit and photograph sites of military interest, particularly World Wars I and II. This exposure to war history piqued my curiosity about the concentration camps. Using my copy of Marc Terrance's "Concentration Camp Guide," I started visiting the camps. I found them quite disturbing, but nonetheless historically valuable. Since retiring from industry in 2005, I have visited or re-visited some of the sites, and have taken guided tours to learn more. Most of the camps are in a state of upgrade, so there are always new exhibits available.
Along the way, I ran across this inspiring inscription on the wall of the chapel at the US Military Cemetery in Luxembourg. I post these galleries in the spirit of that inscription, and hope that others will be motivated to learn more about the Holocaust, visit these sites, and continue to keep the memory of that era alive.
*From the 452nd Bomb Group Website: "The majority of this crew was from New York or the New England area. Someone called their plane 'The Purple Bird', but in the New England accent it sounded like 'Da Poiple Boid', so this name stuck with the plane. John C. Moynihan was the pilot. Plane #443-38318."