This site is meant to describe
a portrait of an incredible man.
He was a dreamer, a schemer, an artist, a great gambler and
a human being. And that is why I am doing his website almost
40 years after his death... because at the time of his death,
and actually till today, he was branded something I believe
he was not...
When I was seven years old, far away in Africa, my mother
who noticed my tremendous love for images, movies and photos,
told me that my great-grandfather had been a tremendous screen
legend! This was obviously an amazing revelation to me...
Years later, a while after my grandfather had died, I heard
that there had been a book published on his father. On my
way to Australia, I ordered the book in South Africa to be
posted to my address in Melbourne. I had hardly been in Melbourne
for 8 months, when my mother became very ill. I flew back
to her, only to meet my future husband. Moving from Melbourne
to Utrecht, to Karlsruhe (where my husband was studying),
I was on an unbelievable path, unbeknownst to me!
I learnt my German in Karlsruhe. At night, Thorsten & I would
sit and read the book together... The night I read how my
beloved grandfather Friedrich Piel was born, I uttered a deep
wish to be able to meet the man who had written the biography!
The time frame I had arrived in Karlsruhe, was also the parallel
time frame Mathias
Bleckmann was living
there! Up until that point in his life he had lived in 34
cities and 9 countries! One could almost believe that Harry
wanted me to meet Mathias in Karlsruhe! I have been translating
the book and other materials I could find on Harry's life
since 4 years.