‘18895’ is a prison number given to my great uncle at the time of his imprisonment in the Stutthof concentration camp. In January 1945, with Allied and Soviet armies closing in, desperate German authorities attempted to evacuate the camp, both to remove the eyewitnesses and to conceal the crimes that had been committed. The evacuation began on 25 January 1945 in the dead of winter, with blizzards and temperatures as low as –25 °C. Many prisoners died en route from exhaustion, cold and starvation. Anyone who was unable to keep up was shot dead on the spot. Every winter I follow his footsteps along the route of the tragic death march.
Janet Ruth Davies • Chris Evans • Grzegorz Jaworski • Francesca Jones • Garry Loughlin • Kelly Anne O'Brien • Jon Roberts • Cynthia Maiwa Sitei • Jude Wall •