Photos of Buswiller

Taken by the Heitz family before the war:

Forced to withdraw from our holding positions near Woerth in January, 1945, we wound up in Buswiller after an agonizing all-night march over ice slick roads (several of us barely made it.) Our platoon, maybe 20 men, set up housekeeping in the barn and farmyard of an Alsacian couple named Heitz, who, in spite of the inconvenience, made us welcome. Photo taken in 1967.

Mr. Heitz, Bruce, Mrs. Heitz, Art, Lois, Richard

Mr. and Mrs. Michel Heitz, now in their mid-seventies, welcomed our family into their home like kinfolks.

At left is the barn which was our "home" for the two weeks or so we stayed in Busweiler. The courtyard had recently been tiled and the roofline on the barn changed -- but inside (except for the cement floor) it appeared just the same as 22 years ago. Photo taken in 1967.

In the picture to the left Art is in the "orchard" behind the Heitz barn where we found our few moments of peace and quiet in 1945, just sitting in the sun, talking. Photo taken in 1967.

Lois with Herr & Frau Heitz's niece and her daughter and cats. Photo taken in 1967.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Heitz and Art. Photo taken in 1967.

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