first members website to be featured is that of Keith Williams.
His site is called Hohne - A Witness to Infamy and is located at
is part of the introduction to the website which was written by
Williams first started to write his history of Hohne for the Gloucester
School Hohne Association website, and it really needed no initial
introduction because we all knew where Hohne was, we had all gone
to school there, some lived on the station itself, while the rest
of us lived within a 50 mile radius.
was immediately taken by the historical feel of Hohne when he first
went there as an 11 year boy, the son of a serving British soldier
posted to Hohne Garrison. It has long been an ambition of his to
write this brief history about a place that has played such a major
part in the recent history of Europe.
Once a predominantly agricultural area, in 1936 many German families
were forcibly removed from their homes and livelihoods, and whole
villages were evacuated to make way for the establishment of a massive
training ground for the Wehrmacht in the lead up to the war. In
April 1945 towards the end of WWII, it was where the Western Allies
first had irrefutable proof of what had until then only been talked
about, witnessing for the first time the horrors of the infamous
Bergen~Belsen Concentration camp which lay a mere 3 kilometres away
from Hohne itself. In the period immediately following the war,
during what was to be known as the "Cold War" the ever-present
threat of invasion from the east meant that Hohne became a BAOR
stronghold with several units of the British Army permanently stationed
close to the front line. Since that time, following the re-unification
of Germany, the situation has changed, and Hohne is once again adapting
and adjusting to the new political landscape.
- A Witness to Infamy