A novel about forbidden love in Haviland

Get dressed up. What does a man do 30 years after his mother’s death, he finds in her diary entries that talk about a love other than that of the husband? Gregor Hubner himself asked this question. He made a book out of it that has now been published. “Le nom perdu – the lost name.” It’s a mixture of fantasy and reality, and it’s a story that leads to Havelland.

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Mother’s Diary

At first there was no talk of a book at all. There was a strange feeling reading in the diary of a love that the mother had never talked about. It was the name of a French prisoner of war. Ramit.

Gregor Hubner’s book on Ramit’s Search for Evidence.

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The name launched something in the Gregor Hubner movement. He wanted to know more about this man. The hard and arduous search for clues is part of the book. Hubner combined this research with life stages and a mother’s diary to create a collection of interesting reading novels that tell us a lot about life in the first half of the twentieth century. Born in 1959 himself, Hubner began his story in 1916.

A difficult childhood in Berlin – a little money, a little love

His beautiful grandmother Berta meets handsome sailor Willie at the garden restaurant at the south end. Nine months later, Lucy, the author’s mother, was born. He describes in a lively and engaging way—and with plenty of literal speech, peppered so appropriately in a Berlin dialect—the harsh bad conditions, the cruelty of people to one another, the ruthlessness of love, and the emotionally difficult health of a childhood. Luzi. Her hope for love, warmth and family, which then opens up with Walter. But the very cautious man at first changes, the war – now it’s already World War II – changes him. While in Norway after Russia and France and falling in love with a girl there, Luzie lives with her daughter in bomb-threatened Berlin. Finally he was taken to safety at Etzin in Havelland.

Lucy falls into depression

In 1946, the husband returned from a prisoner of war, first for a few weeks in the returnee camp in Falkenzie, and then to Berlin. A strangeness has taken root between the two. Walter died suddenly in 1947, and Luzie fell into a deep depression and finally wrote a diary and jotted down her dreams that brought her back to life. Later I wrote about Ramit, about the cautious approach, and the hope for this love as a married woman for a married man. Everything is beautiful and difficult at the same time: “I will never forget the moment when the long train began to move and stood in the doorway, white, his face so white, and wept.”

Read the story as an audiobook in Kitzen

In their notes, there is a timid mention of this. Gregor Hubner goes by the name “Ramit”. I searched several German and French archives. He has friends who help, especially Patrice Cuvier. They eventually find the grandchildren of Charles Ramet, whom they had been searching for and who was once in Etzen.

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Searching for clues leads us to Itzen and Tremen

Archeology also led Gregor Hubner to Itzen, and the skulls of Gertrude and Charlotte Celler were able to tell him about the last days of the war from their own experience, in which Lothar Leinhardt of the Tremen Village Museum found invaluable photographs.

The story of this German-French love Luzi and Charles, which cannot be lived, reflects a part of German history. At one point, it was clear to Gregor Hubner that he wanted to make a book out of him. It is now published by Anthea Verlag. Gregor Hubner was already at Christian Haggett’s studio in Kitzen in the spring and reading the book as an audiobook.

Gregor Hubner “Le nom perdu – the lost name”, Anthea-Verlag Berlin, 273 pages, €19.90

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