From July 17th to 30th, 2007 I travelled through Germany with two
Australians in their search to trace their ancestors.
With the researcher Kay Gassan I had email contact for more than 7 years
and had been able to find out some things about her ancestors in the
archives of Berlin or in the villages in Uckermark and Lausitz. It
was a special success to find some living relatives in the village of
Turnow (Brandenburg, Lausitz) via the name GASSAN on a war memorial and a
book about Turnow ()
family rememberd the cousin from Dresden, who had been literally stranded in
Australia when WW1 broke out in 1914. I was glad to start the snail-mail
contact between Turnow and Australia and family pictures were exchanged.
meet these cousins (two ladies high in the eighties and their descendants)
Kay finally overcame her dislike of airplanes and together with her niece
Barbara went on the trip to Europe. First they went to London and Paris to
visit relatives and see many of the famous sights. Since I live in Turkey
now, I also went on a plane to meet them both in Berlin. From there we
started our tour by car and drove almost 3000 km through Germany and even
After two weeks we had to split again, Kay and
Barbara visited friends in Hamburg and I returned to Turkey.