Disaster with 10 deceased remembered Part 1 * 2 HAL BB309 * Slaglille Kirkegård - Churchyard Updated: 24 OCT 2018
and photos by Bjarne Stenbæk in
Sjællandske, Monday 17 SEP 2018
Translation: Anders Straarup
See photos in the pdf-file in Danish: Katastrofe med 10 dræbte mindet
1. Zbigniew Kasprzak, the brother of one of the Polish soldiers, lays a wreath on the plot of the Christensens. Now it is 75 years since the disaster.
2. Ingelise Larsen lays a wreath on the plot of the Christensens.
She is the granddaughter of Laurits and Mary.
3. The church in Slaglille was filled to capacity. Zbigniew Kasprzak is in the foreground to the left.
4. The monument in Slaglille Churchyard was created by the Polish sculptor Kazimierz Danilewicz.
ACCIDENT OF WAR:
17 September 1943 is a black day in history. Shortly before
Five Danes killed
In the house the daughter Betty, 22, and her newly christened baby survived together with Viggo, 18, Ruth, 13, Jørgen, 11, and Egon, 10. Two more children were in service away from home.
It was a terrible tragedy, and to some degree it split the family, Ingelise Larsen relates. She is the granddaughter of Laurits and Mary. None of the children of the couple are alive today.
the other hand it was not something that was talked about very much. The
surviving children were taken to their aunt Esther in Pedersborg.
But of course you cannot get through an experience like that without
suffering, and particularly the two youngest boys were marked by the
disaster. However, apart from that they did very well.
The subscription was on the initiative of landowner Erich Steenberg, Store
Ladegaard, and about 40.000 kr were collected. Really a big amount in 1943.
The family also received a telegram from
King Christian X expressing the
sympathy of the Queen and himself.
Zbigniew Kasprzak, 84, the younger brother of the fallen pilot Eugeniusz Kasprzak, came from Lublin in Poland.
It means a lot to all our family that a memorial service like this can be held with participation of both Danes and Poles, he says. We live far away and unfortunately we are not able to come here very often. Especially for that reason it is important to keep the memory alive and honour those who had to pay the ultimate price.
Continued in Part
Continued in Part 2