Research for my biography of Herbert Sulzbach began as I wandered one day along the River South Tyne in Northumberland. In the middle of a field, on a brick gate post was a plaque stating that:
“Here was the entrance to POW Camp 18 where thousands of German officers were held in the years 1945 – 48. The interpreter since January 1946 was Captain Herbert Sulzbach OBE who dedicated himself to making this camp a seedbed of British-German reconciliation. Our two nations owe him heartfelt thanks. The friends and members of the Featherstone Park Association of former inmates of Camp 18 1982.”
Since then, I have journeyed through Frankfurt, Berlin, Northumberland, Scotland, southern England and London to walk in his footsteps, hear his voice, and try to understand his life. Many years later, his memory and the continuation of his work for Anglo-German reconciliation live on - and his biography is ready for publication.
plaque at Featherstone Park