Draft route of walk following the route of the February 1945 death march
In April 2015 we walked a route on public rights of way in Somerset as close as possible to the transposed line of a Nazi Death March. We arrived at our chosen destination on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen Belsen death camp. We stopped to listen to testimony and consider contemporary resonances at the points where the chosen walk crossed the transposed line of the forced walk.
In February 2016, leaving on the 4th, 71 years to the day that the death march set off, we retrace the actual route of the death march stopping again at the points, 'the stations', where the two routes virtually intersect.
There are 10 'stations' each has a theme.
Our project is based on and inspired by the testimony of Esther Brunstein who was forced to walk and survived, we walk in witness to the many who did not.
We walk at a time and to a place of our choosing in solidarity with those who have or had no choice.
Esther Brunstein was part of a group of Polish Jewish women who were transported to Ovelgönne from Auschwitz in 1944.
Drawing from the sketchmap by Timo Wolf referenced by Annette Wienecke in her 1996 book. The route annotation refer to sites of deaths/burials from this and other marches. More infohttps://forcedwalks.wordpress.com/