Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopes  


Camp Forrest during World War II

Mail Tue 6/24/2008 4:36 PM

Doing research for book

Dear Steve: thanks for your quick reply.  I am interested on the German POW's because I live in Germany. For my book research project I have interviewed two soldiers. One was stationed on Camp Forest and the other one in a different camp.

What prompted me to contact you was the fact that I might be able to tide two German POW who were stationed there about the same time.

You might ask, what prompted me to do this research project? Well, I married a German and have been living in Germany for the past four years. I came here with a big misconception of Germans and their ways. I found many friendly and helpful people. I have made many German friends and hang out with some of the old ones. 

Near by our home is an old WWII bunker. The curiosity about this bunker started this project. I started asking questions and one thing led to the other and before I knew it, my project took a live of its own.

It is my goal to interview at least 12 Germans who are willing to share their stories with me in an anonymous basis.  The stories I have heard are extremely interesting and painful to hear, too. I am a very sensible person and had held my tears back in some of the stories.  Other stories are interesting with funny stories inside the big sad stories.

I wish the world understand that not all Germans were Nazi. Many German risked their life trying to protect the Jews and even opposing the system.

Your site helped me to find several people who might be able to help me with my research.

The gentleman I am talking about his Mrs. Reissmann. You have an extensive collection of documents provided by his son, Wolfgang.  I already contacted him with the hope he replies, too.  There is a big possibility that his dad and my soldier friend were together at Camp Forest.  I will be nice to hear his side of the story.

Keep up with that site. It's taking a life of its own and might be able to help many more people.

May God bless you and give you help so you continue to be a tool for others.

Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés- "The Window to My Soul: My Walk with Jesus" 

Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 2:57 PM


Let me explain a couple of things about What started out to be a small part of my major web site ( turned into a great place for people to communicate and search for friends, etc. I manage around 75 domains and did not have much time to put in developing and keep up with the submissions and email. I did the about 8 months ago (I think) and I have had a wonderful time being able to post requests from those seeking answers to their questions.

To answer your question, no I was never there. I felt led to do this site because I was a military brat and my dad was a POW in Korea for a little over 3 years. Not many of them left… I miss the older generations… understanding and wisdom is going by the wayside. Please send me some questions you might have for those which enter the web site and I will be happy to post them for you.

I pray you have much success Tannia.

Steve Speer

June 23, 2008 11:27 AM

Dear Steve:

Today I came across your website while doing some research for my WIII book research project.  I already contacted one of your contributors who lives in Germany and whose father was stationed there.  Last year I interviewed a soldier who was also stationed there in 1945 and later on transferred to France. I also borrowed some pics from him and scanned those I think will add deepness to my book.  I am hoping I can work with him. I don't know where he lives in Germany but hopefully not far away from my town. 

The world is truly small and God has opened many doors for me in the most incredible places. God bless you for your site.

If I understood correctly the site, you worked there, right? I would like to communicate with you, if possible, regarding this POW post. 

I thank you in advance

Tannia E. Ortiz-Lopés- "The Window to My Soul: My Walk with Jesus"