Herbert Gast a.k.a Albert
Albert was a German farmer from Silesia, enrolled in the army in WWII to fight in France, taken prisoner and then liberated.
After the war, the part of Silesia he was from became Soviet and his farm was destroyed. He could never go back to his homeland. My father recruited him to work on the farm and he spent around 40 years in our place, North of France. Albert was an amazing person, simple, hard-working, joyful. He spoke French with a mix of local accent and german pronunciation. He became an icon in our village and was unanimously respected. A while ago*, a Swedish friend of mine came to produce a short video about Albert’s life. I took the opportunity to shoot some photos of Albert and his mostly self-made tools. He was very proud of them. He just passed away recently, at the beautiful age of 87, happy.
Rest in Peace, Albert.
* Those pictures were actually taken in 2007.
— UPDATE June 2013 —
The booklet shown below was printed in 2013, a year after Albert passed away, 25 copies given to his family, mine and his friends.
— UPDATE January 2014 —
I am happy to announce that Albert’s photos were printed in a beautiful book that was published in December 2013 by GIFT, Global Institute for Tomorrow.