Ekola has writing published in magazineGiles Ekola was published in the March/April Easter edition of Connections for Evangelical Lutheran Christians.
Giles Ekola was published in the March/April Easter edition of Connections for Evangelical Lutheran Christians.
Ekola’s article, titled “Easter in Bavaria,” chronicles the following three events that took place during the Easter season during World War II:
• In 1938, Adolph Hitler ordered the demolition of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Munich to build large facilities for military units and weaken Christianity in Bavaria.
• In 1943, on orders from Hitler, many church bells were torn out and melted to make gun mountings in Nazi tanks. The American military replaced the bells at Heidenheim Catholic Church and they rang on Easter Sunday in 1946.
• Ekola’s experience when his unit, the 14th Liaison Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps, was stationed in Bavaria and attended the Easter service in 1946 after having visited the Dauchau concentration camp.
Ekola served in the U.S. military occupation of Germany in 1946. He began his career as a Lutheran pastor in 1953. Now retired, he and his wife, Sally, live on a farm near Garfield.