An elderly German man, who fled with his family from Czechoslovakia after World War II, has discovered the possessions secretly left hidden by his father in the roof of their old family home.
Rudi Schlattner was forced to flee the family home as part of a mass expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia after President Edvard Benes ordered the ‘final solution of the German question’ by evicting all ethnic Germans from the country.
After knocking on the wooden panels in the loft, Mr Schlattner found a small piece of string hanging from one of the panels. When he pulled it, a set of shelves were revealed, filled with the long lost secret possessions.
Mr Schlattner’s lost treasures will now be held in a museum in the town of Usti nad Labem as the Czech government’s rules dictate that all German property left behind is now owned by the state.
Well, OK, one of those little tales from those dark days. But this:
Manager of the museum Vaclav Houfek said: ‘Such a complete finding of objects hidden by German citizens after the war is very rare in this region.’
I know Vaclav, we partake of a glass or two in the same wine bar some evenings. Lovely bloke with one slightly alarming habit. He speaks German and Czech, I can manage English and Russian and French (and have even had to press some Italian into use in Usti….odd, but there we go, and I’m very definitely not fluent in anything other than English). So Vaclav insists in trying to talk to me in Portuguese, a language neither of us speaks.
Suppose it levels the playing field, there is that.