13. Retracing history: 50 years later

In 2006, Robert Otterson's son, Michael, together with Michael's wife, Catherine, their daughter Tara and her husband Greg Scott, traveled to Germany to retrace the steps of the former prisoner of war, and to find, if possible, if there were any remains of the camp known as Stalag IVB. This video tells that story.

Stalag IVB road sign
Photo: Michael Otterson

Above: The signpost reads: "War graves site, 2600 meters," and "Prisoners of war camp Stalag IVB, 1939 to 1945, Special camp No. 1 of the Soviet NKVD 1945 to 1948."

"Special camp No. 1" is euphemistically named. The NKVD was the forerunner to the KGB Soviet secret police. The former Nazi officers imprisoned here would have been tortured.

Top right: Tara Otterson Scott filming her father, Michael Otterson, on banks of the River Mulde, Germany, telling the story of her grandfather's march to freedom in 1945. It was at this spot that he finally reached American lines after three years as a POW in World War II.

Bottom right:  Michael Otterson on the site of the former huge prison camp known as Stalag IVB.

On banks of Elbe
Photo: Catherine Otterson
Site of former POW camp Stalag IVB
Photo: Catherine Otterson
Liver Building by Eleanor Atlay 2




Robert Otterson didn't live long enough to see his three children grow up. Today (2021), his posterity includes three children, 10 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and two great, great granddaughters.

This sketch of the Liver Building - the iconic symbol of his last home in Liverpool - was made by one of those great grandchildren, Eleanor Atlay, when age 18.