An Officer and a Luftwaffe

You are cordially invited to the German German officer weddingwedding in uniform of Luftwaffe Stuka pilot Johann Warsteiner and Professor Gretchen Mueller.

These folks were honored at Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s WW II Weekend with a 3 day wedding ceremony, hosted by the Luftwaffe Aircrew Reenactors Association.

This step back into the 1940’s was taking place for the 25th time this past weekend. It is a unique experience, most especially for the survivors of WWII, who are now in their 90’s and come in smaller numbers each year.

Many of the participants spend the weekend camped out at the sprawling property surrounding the private airport. But many stay at local hotels.

That is where I met the guests of honor from the Luftwaffe wedding in 2010.

The reaction that the American soldiers received was one of universal respect and admiration.

The reenactors dressed as Germans had more mixed reviews. It was interesting to witness.

Many hotel guests,  on vacation or business, were at first unaware of the WWII event, always held near June 6 to commemorate D Day. They approached the Germans with a restrained curiosity.

The officers assembled in the lobby to attend private supper clubs that still exist in the area featuring Sauerbraten, Bratwurst, Wiener Schnitzel, and Spaetzle.

This was Pennsylvania Dutch country, the word Dutch evolving as a mispronunciation of “Deutsch” which means German. The abundance of locals who trace their roots back to Germany allowed for an easier acceptance and welcome.

It is uncertain how they might be received in other geographies. It seemed appropriate to hold the event here.

***This is Day 1 of the 5 Days- 5 Photos challenge. ***

Thanks to Colleen at Silver Threading for the nomination.

http://silverthreading.com/2015/06/07/5-days-5-photos-foggy-morning-in-the-field/

I will be happy to announce my nominations on the 5th day.

Van ❤️

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27 Responses to An Officer and a Luftwaffe

  1. Nurse Kelly says:

    Yes, must have been a very interesting mix of emotions, but such a special event as well. 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    Interesting.

  3. Interesting post, Van. That’s some wedding! I imagine it’s hard to do these reenactments and not get swept up into the characters and emotions.

  4. Wow. Coming from a German/Russian background I can only say that I am amazed that anyone would want to reenact anything featuring Nazi Germany. How interesting. I read recently that Germany is cracking down on anything that has to do with the Nazi’s. Now the food served sounds like the food I grew up with in Wisconsin. Thanks, Van. You always have the most interesting posts!! ❤

    • There are also Japanese soldiers, Soviets, etc. It is a mega event and all nations are represented. They built a replica of a French village that is rescued from the Germans by Allied forces, a Pacific front battle scene, etc. It is pretty amazing. Thanks, Colleen. 💕

  5. LaVagabonde says:

    Sounds like an interesting time. Some people may object, but it seems harmless to me.

    • For any kind of validity, it would be wrong to not have them represented. Of course, there are dangers…there’s no denying that this area has spawned some neo-Nazi youth groups. I had a friend who was devastated to find her son had a swastika tattoo. Hard to believe, but it’s out there.

  6. George says:

    That’s pretty cool.

  7. Angie Mc says:

    I learn something new every day. Mixed feelings for me, too.

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