These four people have completely changed the everyday lives of Angelika and Bernd Möckl. Everything has changed since Ludmilla Losova and her three children – Katarina, Glafira and Matweyi – moved to Möckls’ quiet house in Userin at the end of March. Children’s shoes stand in the hallway, and there is a colorful tangle of folders and utility items on the dining table. The smell of food hovers through the house. Tramp, conversations – and endless phone calls characterize the sound of the past few weeks. The Möcklers are experiencing the complete opposite of what normally made their retirement. “I think it’s great,” says Bernd Möckl.
No regrets for a second despite the hustle and bustle
Neither he nor his wife Angelika have regretted that they took on the Ukrainian family for a second. As news of the outbreak of war and the first refugees ran across the screens, the two could not help but call the Ukraine Aid hotline. “They thanked you. Then we did not hear anything for a while,” says Angelika Möckl. Until the end of March. After the long Corona period, the two wanted to go out again – for a reading evening in Neustrelitz. Then she was called up A mother with three children needs a place to live, they would be there at 11pm, they said.When Ludmilla finally rang the doorbell at 1.30am, there was no more time to think about who should share house and table with them.
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Möckls had prepared the holiday apartment on the top floor. “It has not been in operation for several years,” says Bernd Möckl. Therefore, there is no kitchenette. It was not long before Möckl’s kitchen was firmly in Ludmilla’s hands. “She cooks three times a day for the children and preferably also for us,” says Bernd Möckl. Ludmilla can not sit back and relax. It’s hard for her to shift a gear down. “Of course there are frictions. But just talking helps to clear up the misunderstandings,” says Angelika Möckl.
Hosts would like to get to know the guests better
First, Ludmilla and the kids hung out on their cell phones hour after hour to find news from home. “Even while eating. It was so strange for us,” says Bernd Möckl, who like his wife wants to be a good host. The two are passionate globetrotters and traveled all over Europe in their motorhome before Corona. “We have experienced so much hospitality – especially in Eastern European countries – so we wanted to give something back. “Foreign languages have never been an obstacle for her. It should be the same with Ludmilla and her children.” So we introduced the rule that mobile phones have no place at the dinner table, “says Angelika Möckl. In a mix of English, small chunks of school Russian and German, they try to get to know each other. This is how the Möckl couple found out which escape route Ludmilla and her children had taken to reach Germany. That she had to leave her mother because she did not want to leave the house and garden in Sumi, 120 kilometers from the Russian border.Every day Ludmilla calls her mother.So she knows what it is like in her hometown.She does not talk about her own war experiences in the east and Ukraine. Ludmilla really wants to learn German. Therefore, there is now another rule in the Möckl house: German is spoken at the dining table.
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Angelika Möckl has become a permanent telephone operator. While Bernd takes care of household chores and transportation services, she keeps in touch with the authorities and guides her protégés through the bureaucratic jungle. “I have reached my limits more than once,” she says. An account had to be opened and the reporting status adjusted. “We went to all the schools to get a place,” she says. With success. Eight-year-old Matweyi is studying at the European School in Kiefernheide. His sister Glafira is in fifth grade at Nehru School. They got a place at the adult education center for Katarina so the 18-year-old student could learn German. She continues her studies online. The Möcklers also arranged an apartment and a job in a garden center for Ludmilla. “It was the biggest obstacle and involved a lot of running,” says Angelika Möckl. There was great support from the local Ukraine aid. Ludmilla and her children are moving into their new home in mid-May. “It will be strange. No more alarm clocks ringing at six o’clock, breakfast at seven o’clock, school driving, shopping, games, ”says Bernd Möckl. They will miss all that.