It was a miracle that we were able to meet again as a family
Bruno Grötschel was born on February 13, 1935 in Rumburk. His father was a German and his mother was a Pole of Jewish descent. Due to the situation in the borderland after the rise of Heinlein’s supporters to power, the Grötschel family moved to Berlin where they spent the entire war. Bruno experienced a number of air raids and one of them destroyed the house in which they lived. When his brother Waldemar was to be drafted to the army, his mother decided that she would rather denounce herself than have her son sent to the eastern front. After she had informed the authorities of her Jewish origin, she was sent to a concentration camp and her husband and other children were sent to do forced labour. The whole family was reunited again after the war and they decided to return to Czechoslovakia. Bruno Grötschel completed an air force academy and he was employed in the army for his entire life.