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my Walter

I suppose it is just that I've chosen the path of historian. I am so attached to the dead. I've been in contact with the granddaughter and son of the veteran whose archive I am exploring at the museum. it was such a treat to speak with Walter's son. they know very little of Walter's history. like many WWII vets, he never spoke of his time in the service.

i am honored to fill in the gaps for them.

I've become so connected to him that i feel obligated to tell his story. i've come to call him "my Walter."

it is still quite a challenge though because the collection is nothing but photographs and paper souvenirs. i didn't even have a division. fortunately i found a ration card that helped.

i also found an anti-aircraft patch. between the two i learned he was in the 89th, the "Rolling W," a division with a rich history and a grand starting point for me.

we've been discussing a good bit in class how no matter how many narratives we read and how many interviews we witness or conduct ourselves, we can never really understand what these guys went through.

i could show you a bit of what Walter witnessed - the corpses in the snow, the few emaciated survivors of Ohrdruf among the piles of bodies -
but you can never understand how he felt....
i can't even begin to imagine.



don't fear death
melissa muses (or maia, you choose)


wandering does not make you a "gypsy."
why would you call yourself
after those who have no home?
long skirts and hoop earrings
do not make you a "gypsy."
why do you call yourself after
those who have no clothes?

"gypsy" is pejorative. please don't perpetuate the stereotype. educate yourself on what it really means to be a "gypsy" in this world.

Who are the Roma?

Decade of Roma Inclusion

Dženo Association

European Roma Rights Centre

Roma Balkans

Roma National Congress

Romani World



Rroma Media Network

Soros Roma Initiatives

Studii Romani

The European Union and Roma

The Patrin Webjournal: Romani Culture and History

Voice of Roma
World Bank Roma Initiatives

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