My Brother Bodo

I saw Bodo on the 9th of June in 2016. It was his birthday. This year he would have turned 82. But he died on the 24th of April. I did get the sad news yesterday morning per email that he passed peacefully at six in the morning.

I am so glad that I was able to see him for his birthday in 2016. We were visiting Berlin at the time. My brother Peter Uwe did come along with me to see Bodo on his birthday.

Postscript on 29th of April 2020:

My husband Peter and I saw Bodo on his birthday on the 9th of June 2010 for lunch together with some of his old friends who were able to join us. Since Bodo had more or less lost contact with these old friends, it is a memorable occasion that they did see Bodo on that day of his 72nd birthday. I had somehow lost all the pictures from that day, but just now, Peter was able to find them in his files and so I can publish them now.

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I wrote the following in 2016:

Berlin in 26 Days from the 4th to the 30th of June 2016

This Berlin visit was a true family event for Peter and me. I would like to tell about the 26 days in Berlin in three different parts. First there were 8 days with Martin, Caroline and Matthew, then 9 days spent just with Martin and the last 9 days in Berlin we saw a lot of Monika and her family who came to visit Berlin from the 21st to the 30th of June.

When we arrived in Berlin on Saturday, the 4th of June, we were five adults from Australia, and we were renting a three bedroom apartment in Rubensstrasse, Berlin-Friedenau. Our rented apartment was just great, very spacious and well equipped.

The other family group from Australia had booked an apartment in Prenzlauer Berg which is a bit North-East from the centre of Berlin, whereas Friedenau is South of Berlin’s centre. Monika’s group stayed in Berlin for 9 days after already having visited London, Paris and Zuerich. On Thursday, the 30th of June, they travelled back to London to stay there for another four nights and then to fly back to Sydney, Australia.

Thursday, the 9th of June was my brother Bodo’s 78th birthday. Peter, Martin, Matthew and Caroline went on that day to Kreuzberg (Cross-Mountain). Peter wanted to show them the place where he had grown up. My brother Peter Uwe came to go with me to visit Bodo.

Bodo is being looked after in a home for the Aged.

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We walked along here to get to the home where Bodo lives.

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This place, a Memorial for the Berlin Wall, is not far from where Bodo lives.
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Peter Uwe and Bodo
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Uta and Bodo
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Mum with Bodo, Uta and Peter Uwe in 1948

Below a few pictures I took one morning in our apartment. Matthew is in the background, Martin is on the left, and Caroline and Peter on the right.

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2 thoughts on “My Brother Bodo

  1. I am sad, Bryan, that a lot of bad things happened to Bodo. His health suffered because of this. That he lived to be nearly 82 is something like a miracle. He was constantly in trouble because of his addictions. But in a way he was very lucky that he had a good pension and ended up in this very good home for the aged. Towards the end he calmed down and was able to depart peacefully. I remember him as a very loveable kid. During his university years I was already living far away in Australia. Later on during visits to Berlin I would see him only briefly. The family would tell me of his excesses and complain bitterly about him. His life-style did get him into trouble a real lot. Such a waste of a life! He retired very early and could never get himself completely together again. During his teenage years he had lots of friends who regarded him as their leader. They could not understand what happened to him later on.

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