Talk focuses on prisoners of war

AN INSIGHT into the life of Market Rasen’s prisoners of war was given at the meeting of Rase Heritage Society.

Based on a unique collections of letters and memorabilia donated to the society by the family of a former German POW based at Willingham House, Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall gave an illustrated talk on the treatment of POWs based across Lincolnshire.

Dr Hubbard-Hall had also translated the letters of the Society’s ‘own’ POW Ernst Richlovsky and taken them along to the meeting.

“It was such an interesting and buzzing evening and it was lovely to see our ‘Ernst’ on the big screen, and to have his folder back,” said Society Chairman Hazel Barnard.

“What was also encouraging was the amount of interest from non-members and I know that Claire was very pleased to have made some useful contacts for her on-going research.”

Amongst the audience was Joe Willisch, who came to Willingham House as a displaced person at the end of the war, and the English wife of another Czechoslovakian, along with other people who recalled POWs around town.

The next meeting of the Society will be on Thursday, November 10 in Market Rasen Library at 7.30pm. This will be a business meeting, with project updates.

For more information contact Hazel on 01673 843108 or Caroline on 01673 844408.