1935 before the Nuremberg Race Laws

Friederich Morgenschweis, born 1910 in Hoboken, Antwerp, the first child of a Belgian Manouche, as Sinti are called in France and Belgium. 1914, when the Germans invaded Belgium in violation of international law, Belgians killed his German father Joseph. Half a year later, Josephine his mother took her own life. As Friederich could not give proof of beeing Aryan he was taken into „Protective custody“. Released later, when the prison chaplain Karl Morgenschweis, his uncle, presented it to the authorities. So he was „only half-aryan“. For centuries, Morgenschweis had been Catholic church servants, church musicians, mainly cello, violin and clarinet. He had to go to Norway, ended up as a Russian prisoner of war. His wife declared him dead. Back from Siberia, he found his wife newly married with two more daughters, not his. He was my mothers father. She, and her younger brother took their own lives, two decades after he thought he had protected them from the worst discrimination in convent boarding schools. He outlived his children by 23 and 24 years.

This reminds me right now of a quote by Jimi Hendrix: When the power of love triumphs over the love of power, the world will find peace. A poetic utopia.

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