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(PLEASE NOTE: If you place your cursor on any of the maps below, a box will appear to the right hand side of the image with an enlargement of the portion where your cursor is resting, enabling you to see greater detail.)

(see map 1)

map 1
This is the map I first encountered on page 347 in Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's book Hitler's Willing Executioners; Ordinary Germans and The Holocaust published in 1996 by Alfred A Knopf, Inc. It was the dotted line on this map that I returned to many times as I began to contemplate walking from Helmbrechts to Prachatice.

(see map 2)

map 2—Übersichtskarte
This map published in 1962 was considered the “official overview map of the death march route used in the war crimes trial of Alois Dörr.” The map was given to me the day before I set out from Helmbrechts by Klaus Rauh, a geologist who grew up in Helmbrechts and who had written a paper when he was still a student about the portion of the march that took place in what is now Germany. After the war the Sudetenland was ceded back to the former Czechoslovakia or what was to become the Czech Republic. This meant that of the 22 days I walked on foot, the first three days were spent in Southern Germany and the remaining 19 days walking were spent in what is now the Czech Republic. It is this map that indicates the murders of women along the march route with black dots arranged in rows with the largest group dying at the end, unable to recover from starvation, even after their liberation.

(see map 3)

map 3
This map was also given to me by Klaus. It is a map of Germany that points out where the camps closest to Helmbrechts were located. It traces the march route from Grünberg to Helmbrechts that began on the 25th of January and ended at the Helmbrechts camp on the 15 of March and the route of the marchers from 13 April to 5 May, starting in Helmbrechts and ending in Prachatice—the route I walked in 1998.

(see map 4)

map 4—Deutsche Heereskarte
This map, which covers the march route, was xeroxed and taped together at the New York Public Libary. It is a large scale map available for viewing at the Map Room in the main branch of the Library. It was originally drawn up after the occupation of the Sudetenland, begun in September of 1938, when all of the place names on the map were changed from Czech to German. While there were already ethnic Germans living in these areas, this effacement of Czech names was also accompanied by the relocation of additional ethnic Germans into the Sudetenland by the German government.

(see map 5)

map 5—Western Europe
This map was drawn up immediately after the war. The lands ceded back to the Czech Republic were given back their Czech names and many of the ethnic Germans placed on Czech soil by the Third Reich were forced to move out. This map is also housed in the New York Public Library. I carried both of these crudely xeroxed and taped together maps with me on my journey. Each map measures roughly 52” x 40”.

(see map 6)

map 6—Tschechische Republik; Internationale Länderkarte
My battered contemporary road map of the Czech Republic. (additional images)

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