I’ve mentioned here before that I’m a member of Camberley & District Probus Club – click on the link to find out more about it. Let me know in the comments section if you’d like to check us out at a lunch.
It’s a monthly luncheon club that has an after lunch speaker to entertain us. I enjoy the company of members at lunch. Yesterday I sat next to a friend with whom we shared our youthful train spotting experiences, which was huge fun. Not sure that I could hold my dear wife’s attention on my recollections on this topic for more that a nano second.
Anyway, back to the point of this article. The speaker was Alan Grace, who’s talk was titled Berlin – The Tale of an Extraordinary City, 1931 – 1989. It seemed a big subject for a short after lunch talk. It turned out to a wizz through pre war Berlin, the 1938 Berlin Olympics, the post war Berlin airlift, ending with the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Alan Grace spent thirty-six years with BFBS [British Forces Broadcasting Service] in Germany. His talk picked out some of his experiences, one of which was about the award of Mutter Kreux, or Mother’s Cross in English. Something about which I knew nothing. Wikepedia has this about the cross.
In recognition of the substantial importance a woman’s role and motherhood was in support of a strong Germany the Cross of Honour of the German Mother was introduced in Berlin on 16 December 1938 by Adolf Hitler. The crosses were awarded annually on the second Sunday in May, Mothering Sunday. There were three classes of cross: Gold Cross for mothers with eight or more children: Silver Cross for mothers with six or seven children, and Bronze Cross for mothers with four or five children.
Hey ho, not something that I feel we in the UK would do, although my dear wife tells me that the Russians did similar things. Here’s a photo of the crosses that Alan displayed, an a better photo of them from the internet.