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This week I received an email, asking for help with information about Ralf Juon, son of Paul Juon. I am including it here with the hope that some of our global Juon family might be able to give this man more information?
I am a German, living in Berlin and working in the Polish town Kostrzyn nad Odra, up to 1945 the old Prussian town Küstrin.
In this town lived from 1931 to 1933 the eldest son of the composer Paul Juon, Ralf, born in 1903 in Berlin.
In 1932 this town celebrated the 700th birthday and Ralf got the commission to write the official book for this event. He did it, and he did it so marvellously that his book became soon a kind of cult book, at least the finest illustrated history of this sad town which was demolished completely in the last days of World War II.
With the town 90 % of these books vanished for ever, ca. 70 books survived the inferno and are now objects of speculations in the internet, getting prices up to 1.200 €.
But bobody knew until now who was Ralf Juon…
The Museum of Kostrzyn where I’m working decided to make a reprint of this book, it was a very complicated task because not a single book survived totally undamaged.
I was the artistic supervisor – I got this book as present when I was five, my father was acquainted with young Ralf, we lived all in the same town.
I got the task to find out some details about the author. I detected with the help of the International Juon Society the sad truth, that Ralf was missed in Russia almost in 1941, four weeks after the beginning of the German invasion to Russia.
He was missed, but his death is not reported.
The German and the Russian Red Cross sections are quite sure to know his tomb, but they are naming different places. But we were told that until now nobody asked for poor Ralf.
I know that there is existing only Monsieur Philipp Juon, in Lausanne, but he has to do with the French line, with the children of the second marriage of Paul Juon.
When you know any more details about Ralf, why he didn’t leave Germany with his parents in 1934, what he did between 1921 – the year of his matura – and 1931, would you like to help us ?
With kind regards from cool Europe
Kostrzyn nad Odra