Martin Roemers


Dieter Renelt (born in Germany, 1938) was blinded as a child during the Second World War (WWII).
"Together with my mother, my brothers and my sister I fled from Upper Silesia to Austria in February 1945. We stayed there in a small hotel. In the creek we often played in, there were three red-yellow objects. I knew they were dangerous; the Hungarian soldiers warned me not to take them out of the creek. The day after, we were playing in the creek again and we found a bare pine tree. We wanted to make a Christmas tree from it and hang those red-yellow things in it. I got one from the creek and started to play with it. I pretended the enemy was on the other side and I threw it that way. It exploded. Later, I heard they were grenades which the Hungarians had thrown away after the capitulation.
When I regained consciousness, I was on a table in the hospital completely covered in bandages. I did not want to go to sleep in the hospital because every time I woke up I could not see for a while. Gradually, my vision got worse and worse. I remember when I wanted to show my mother how good my eyes were, I ran into a tree. And then one day the light was completely gone.
I grew up at a boarding school for the blind and joined a regular school after that. I was able to keep up because my brothers, who were at the same school, helped me, and I was two to three years older than the other students. After that I studied law. Next to my work as a jurist I became involved in the League for the War Blinded. There were 11,000 of us in Germany when I started. I fought for the rights of the war blinded, and I gave advice about social benefits and pensions to our

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Martin Roemers
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