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Wexford Heimat

A radio documentary about the Falkenthal family who came from Germany to live in the Bannow Bay area of County Wexford in the 1960s. (2006)

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Documentary maker: Peter Woods

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Wexford Heimat

Wexford Heimat is a documentary about the Falkenthal family who came to live in the Bannow Bay area of County Wexford in the 1960s.

The Falkenthals, Gunter and Karin (now Karin Dubsky), and their parents became refugees in the wake of the Second World War. Their father was from what is now Poland and their mother was an ethnic German from Riga. They came to Wexford so their father could remain a farmer.

This is a documentary about identity and place. About a journey across Europe and how two young children acclimatised to this country.

The Falkenthals' talk frankly about their unusual upbringing, about how their mother allowed them, as young teenagers, to board a ship in New Ross and travel back to northern Germany. About their early difficulties at school, exacerbated in Gunter's case, by the fact that he had to wear lederhosen.

Producer: Peter Woods

Additional recordings by Liam O'Brien

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