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My grandmother Maud Lee Williams was born in Birkenhead, UK, in 1885.
She loved music and arts and in particular admired Beethoven and Bach. She left England with the intention to study German and French. In Germany, she became a close friend of two Davidson sisters who ran a boarding school in Darmstadt at that time. In their house or on a visit to Koblenz she met their cousin Eduard von Davidson, a son of Lieutenant-General Eduard von Davidson and his wife Luise née Parcus. The Davidson ancestors had emigrated from Scotland to Western Prussia in the early 17th century. The picture shows the family of General Lieutenant von Davidson with young Eduard on the left.
My grandfather Eduard von Davidson served as Lieutenant Commander in the German Navy during World War I. Their eldest son Detlev – my uncle – died in command of a JU 88 Bomber over the Bristol Channel in an operation against his mother’s homeland in August 1940. Our family history illustrates the tragic absurdity of the fratricidal European wars in the 20th century.
This family report is dedicated to my uncle Detlev von Davidson. If Detlev hadn´t been the link, the Zieglers and the Davidsons could never have connected. His sister Gisela and his friend Jürgen Ziegler married in 1942. Thank you, Detlev, for bringing my parents together!