An enrapt audience listened to Ainslie Hepburn’s talk, at the Royal Logistic Corps Museum, on the extraordinary life of Herbert Sulzbach 1894-1985, (select Google translate).
Herbert Sulzbach was a German Jew who served in the German Army during WW1 and was awarded the Iron Cross Second and First Class. During the 1930s he fled Nazi persecution and settled in England. In 1940 he volunteered for service in the British Army, becoming a Captain in The Pioneer Corps. He was in charge of several Prisoner of War camps, while serving at these camps he began his work actively promoting reconciliation between the two nations, for which he was made an OBE and received the European Cross of Peace.
In her talk, which you can watch below, Ainslie brings to life Sulzbach’s exploits and his contribution Anglo-German relations. Part of Sulzbach’s book With German Guns – Four years on the Western Front, is available on Google, and contains a Memoir by Terence Prittie, in which he ends with this, “Sir Bernard Braine said on Sulzbach’s 80th birthday,’We British and Germans owe more to Herbert Sulzbach than we can ever repay. He led the way in Anglo-German relations.”
Herbert Sulzbach’s medals, in the photo above, are, from the top left to right: Iron Cross 1st Class, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Order of Merit, Iron Cross 2nd Class, Soldiers Cross of Honour, Order of British Empire, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, and the European Cross of Peace.