Monday, November 22, 2010


More pictures from Europe. Today's visit: Luxembourg - where my mom's family hails from.

Curt with my cousin Will.
Will drove us just about everywhere in Luxembourg all day. He's 85 years old and incredibly generous with his time and knowledge. By the end of the day Curt and I were dozing in the car. Willy never slowed down.

One of many, many WWII memorials. This one for the Battle of the Bulge. Incidentally, one of Curt's uncles lost his life there on Christmas, 1944. From what we could tell, Luxembourg loves America.

In Wiltz - the house (much remodeled) where my grandmother and one of my uncles were born.

My great-grandmother, Catherine Schumacher-Minden, along with everyone else listed on this memorial, was killed by the Nazis when their cave hideout was discovered. Look at some of the ages 6 mois - 6 months, 2 semaines - 2 weeks. I remembered hearing these stories from my mom who'd heard them from her mother, but to see this in person just brought it all home.

A memorial where a school once stood. The Nazis killed two teachers here, in front of students. We'd just missed the anniversary, but you can see by the flowers that even now, so many decades later, those who died have not been forgotten.

Beautiful country.

The Old City. (My header at the top of this blog is also from the Old City. It's gorgeous!)

My favorite part of the visit to Luxembourg - getting to know my family. Clockwise from the front, left:
Xavier, Maria, me, Jean-Claude, Georgette, Christiane, Willy.

Why are we all laughing? Because Willy is smiling!
Good job, Curt!

We absolutely cannot wait to go back!


Dru said...

Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

Wow at the memorial with your great-grandmother's name.

Anonymous said...

I'm an American living in Luxembourg, enjoying your post about this lovely li'l country. Glad you had a good visit.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks, Dru. I was awestruck the entire visit.

mburked - how wonderful! It's so beautiful there. I wish we could have stayed longer. If you ever blog about your experience, let me know. I'd love to see the country through your eyes!

Heather said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I think Luxembourg is so small many people forget about it. But this post makes me more curious to not only know more about its' history but maybe one day visit.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks for your comment, Heather. It's a very interesting, very beautiful country. Small, but a real jewel. I can't wait to go back.