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Trautmann: The Biography by Alan Rowlands

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By Alan Rowlands

In April 1945 a bunch of bedraggled, weary German prisoners of warfare landed at Tilbury after being captured over the past days of the conflict. They have been dispersed to criminal camps all through England, and one in all their quantity, a careworn 22-year-old veteran of a few of the cruelest stipulations and toughest battles skilled by means of the German forces, came upon himself in south-east Lancashire. His identify used to be Bernhard Carl Trautmann, later to turn into well-known as Bert. This ebook is the total tale, from his formative years in Bremen the place he used to be born and raised within the seething political weather of the Nineteen Twenties, his involvement with the Hitler early life circulate and outstanding struggle studies, to his usually hilarious internment at prisoner of warfare Camp 50, until eventually his signing via Manchester urban in 1949 amid a barrage of controversy and prejudice. Trautmann ran the gauntlet of racial hatred to turn into, definitely, one of many maximum goalkeepers ever noticeable. He performed in successive FA Cup Finals, 1955 and 1956, the latter yr bringing him into global concentration while he sustained a damaged neck. but he endured within the video game. inside of weeks of that tumbler ultimate he suffered additional appalling own tragedy, amid turmoil in his domestic lifestyles, as he fought to regain his health. The e-book has been up to date to incorporate information of the Trautmann beginning and Trautmann’s OBE.

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The boys would start school at eight each morning and be home shortly after one. Frieda would prepare their lunch and then Bernhard would cycle over to the docks with food for his father. He would pass queues at the ‘peoples’ kitchen, long poverty lines waiting for one-pot meals, and he would notice their dirty and ragged clothing. Even some of his schoolmates were subsisting on bread and potatoes. At the docks, Bernhard would hang around with his father for as long as he could, and Carl sometimes took him on board a ship, a treat he looked forward to with eager anticipation.

Karl-Heinz, on the other hand, was already displaying that introspection so prevalent in his father’s character, and he tended to brood if things did not go his own way. The first sign of sibling rivalry began when Bernhard started his education at the Walle Junior School. The catalyst was Frieda’s favouritism for the older brother and this was further enhanced by his academic promise. Bernhard’s numeracy and reading abilities developed quickly, which pleased his mother, who had great ambitions for him.

The last year also coincided with more dramatic developments in the education and social structure of Germany. Adolf Hitler had decreed, ‘All the German youth in the Reich is now organised within the Hitler Youth. ’ Between 1936 and 1938 a number of laws were passed that affected the children of Germany. By early 1937 all teachers had to take an oath of loyalty to Hitler. Rassenkunde – racial science – was introduced as a major part of study and special Adolf Hitler schools were founded with specially selected students.

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