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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Day 163 - Images for Louis Fynaut

Just surfing and went into Google Search and then clicked on Images for Louis Fynaut and was amazed and happy to see all the images compiled by Google or the invisible man!!! about my dad.

Best Christmas present ever.........I like the first one which is my dad's Buchenwald registration card with his picture - Buchenwald has shaped both my dad and my own life .......I now feel that he has finally got the recognition he deserved, woohooo
Way to Go ....  

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Day 162 - Reflection by one of Louis' children

Through my dad's war experiences, coupled with some of his later disappointments about attitudes and situations he experienced in life, some of which I experienced first-hand, has led me to the realization that he was right about many things and that:

A warrior accepts defeat.  He does not treat it as a matter of indifference, nor does he attempt to transform it into a victory.  The pain of defeat is bitter to him, he suffers at indifference and becomes desperate with loneliness. After all this has passed he licks his wounds and begins anew.  A warrior knows that life is made of many battles - he goes on ................Quote by Paulo Coelho

and also by the above author:

Making the decision was only the beginning of things.  When someone makes a decision he or she is really diving into a strong current that will carry him or her to places they never dreamed of....

My dad's memoir is at: or com

By Paula Fynaut

Scroll way back to Day1 of this blog for Louis Fynaut's memoir about his war and life experiences .......

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Day 161 - Louis' Fynaut's memoir and his daughter's interjections on war and my Dad's influence on me!

I have created a new blog for my Dad's memoir in a more logical order -  it is called: Surviving Buchenwald Flemish Style!

This blog evolved slowly and is like a first draft of my writing up my Dad's story during World War II.

He was geboren in Europe, Belgium and was from Ostende.   Unfortunately, in the initial recreation of my dad's memoir,I interjected with a lot of my own anecdotes, quotes, photos, opinions so after about blogging his memoir for about 120 days it became very mish mashy and his flow was lost a bit!!!

 His story starts at Day ....1 so there is a lot of scrolling backwards on this blog to get to the beginning!! My dad was imprisoned in France, Poland and Germany and finally at Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimer!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Day 160 - DANIEL 12:3-4

And those who have insight will shine.......

Sorry wrong blog number but seriously what does it matter it is just a number!!!

My dad's concentration camp and war story starts at Day 1 - so unfortunately you have to scroll way back to get to the beginning - sorry about that! Maybe I should have started with the end and gone back to the beginning as I blogged!!!!!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Day 159 - John Lennon Take 2

You're just left with yourself all the time,
whatever you do anyway you've got to
get down to your own God in your own temple
It's all down to your mate!

My role in society or any other artist's role
or poet's role is to try and express whatever
they feel.
Not to tell people how to feel.
Not as a preacher, not as a leader but as
a reflection of all of us!

I posted the above on this blog by accident but realized John Lennon's quotes apply to my dad's story!  This blog is primarily about my dad's war stories plus his attitude to life in general!

Day 1 is an Introduction and then approximately Day 2 to about 110 are his experiences during World War II - after that I have added random information.

I also have my own blog at or com - in which I reflect on my own life experiences.  Have a happy time!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Day 157 - I was thrilled when

my dad's memoir received 10 hits over a year ago now!  It is great to see new hits, on a regular basis, from many different countries.  I am sure, he would have been thrilled if any body found his memoir helpful in any way, shape or form!

Way to go dad, I feel like I am still bringing your "slippers" to you!???  Woohooo....................................

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Day 156 - Allied Airmen and Buchenwald!

I found this dedication in a book by Carol Matar.  It struck a chord with me as my dad survived Buchenwald and he also had a great respect for the Allied airmen who went to Buchenwald!

 "To the 168 Allied airmen shot down and sent to Buchenwald and to all airmen to whom we owe our freedom and also to my family who along with myself, might not even exist had Hitler prevailed."

..... was watching some silent movies on the liberation of Buchenwald - I definitely want to visit Weimar and Buchenwald in the near future!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Day 155 - Autistic children!

Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending the day with 
a group of severely autistic children and their helpers.

Amazing Day!  The group and the individuals within that group helped me to see my own life much more clearly 
and enabled me to clear a block that has, up to now, prevented me from moving forward as seamlessly as I could

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Day 154 - Got as far as Oostende Belgium!

Due to a knee injury I didn't make it to Buchenwald this time but it probably turned out to be better in the long run as I stayed in Belgium for a few days in Oostende.

I managed to track down where my paternal family
have lived and been to in the past and also places my dad had mentioned in his memoir.  I even have a membership to the
Oostende Casino on the sea front!!!!!!

I may still get to Buchenwald in March!