I’ll provide a bell for my village of birth
Ernst Nodes was born on 31 July 1944 in Šebanov (German Schöbersdorf) which is part of the market town of Hořice na Šumavě (Höritz) in Český Krumlov District (Krumau). His father was Franz, his mother Maria, née Stöffel, both from Schöbersdorf. In July 1946 the whole family (mother, grandparents from both parents’ sides, uncle and aunt) were deported. The deportation took two months and the family spent the entire time together in a cattle car. Little Ernst almost didn’t survive to the last stop. The family was placed in Obersteinbach near Heilbronn, where their father joined them, after three years as a prisoner of war. Ernst Nodes completed his primary education there, received training and then moved 15 kilometres away to start a family, where he lives to this day. His whole life he has worked in the automotive industry and is active in compatriot associations. Among other things he is lobbying to renovate the chapel in his former home village.