Photographer's Note

The Pragser Wildsee (Italian: Lago di Braies) is a true natural beauty. Nowadays its quite well-known because an Italian TV-series, staring Terrence Hill, the 'One step from heaven' (Italian: Un passo dal cielo) was set there.
In the past, the area witnessed darker things, however: according to the Wikipedia, in the final weeks of the Second World War 139 high profile prisoners of the Nazi regime (including the former Austrian chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg) were transported from various concentration camps to the Dachau Concentration Camp in Bavaria. On 27 April the prisoners began their final journey to Hotel Pragser Wildsee (see WS!). Alongside with this, the SS commander got his final orders, which stated that in case the Allied forces got close, all prisoners - including children - should have been executed.
Making its way over the Brenner Pass the convoy entered the Italian Tyrol through the Puster Valley and eventually stopped, the following morning, just outside the small village of Niederdorf (Italian: Villabassa 70 km north-east of Bolzano. On Sunday 29 April Wehrmacht Colonel Bogislaw von Bonin, who had been imprisoned for disobeying Hitler by authorizing his soldiers to retreat from Warsaw in January 1945, approached the local Wehrmacht (the regular army) liaison office in Niederdorf and contacted his old friends at the army, who rang back two hours later to say that a Wehrmacht unit was on the way to provide safe custody for the hostages. After tense negotiations, the SS and SD troops realized that they were outnumbered by the Wehrmacht and accepted the offer to leave. The convoy, now being under the supervision of the Wehrmacht, went further to its ultimate destination. The hostages were finally released on the 4 May, when the American troops arrived to the place and the Wehrmacht soldiers surrendered.
- As an addition to the Wikipedia article: I saw a documentary in which one of the former hostages said that even it was strange to feel like this she was very happy, when von Bonin, who arranged the Wehrmacht action stated that from that time they were prisoners of the Wehrmacht. She knew that von Bonin won't execute them, but handle to the Allies as soon as they arrive.
Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70 AFs

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Gyorgy Marinkas (GyurMaster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 885 W: 7 N: 2843] (25033)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2019-07-25
  • Categories: Natura
  • Esposizione: f/0.6, 30 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-01-06 8:32
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Points: 30
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