Every Tuesday, step by step, I’m walking with my readers from A to Z, last week we had tagged “S”, so this week we have “T” – I’m sure you’ll find a story or a short reflection tagged with “T”! Feel free to add in the comments below the link to your personal interpretation of the letter “T”!!! Myself I’ll feature “T” for “TRAIN”:
“Train to Berlin” – photo by myself, taken in Berlin from the top of the Alexanderturm, click on the picture to enter my galleries on flickr.com
TRAIN TO BERLIN
Our train was 90 minutes late. A young man had made suicide jumping suddenly on the railroad track waiting behind a curve in a tunnel. The driver of the engine still was shocked. All passengers too. We discovered a lonesome woman on a bench waiting quietly. She was the famous German ex-bishop Margot Käßmann. We talked with her about suicide short before Christmas. Three and a half hours later, the train made 250 km/h again, I remembered, because we came near to Spandau Prison, the discussion of the evening before we had: with the grandson of Karl Dönitz (leader of Germany after Hitler’s death). He (like us) had seen the movie about the submarine / U-boat U-156, shooting down the ship Laconia. After that human disaster (the German submarine U-156, trying to rescue many people from the ship Laconia, was attacked by US-bombers) Karl Dönitz gave the order, in the future not to rescue enemies swimming in the ocean. 1942. The train reached Berlin. Thousands of bureaus with light. Countless merry-go-rounds: Christmas time.