Manfred passed away on November 7, 2013 at the age of 84. He was the only son of the German World War II general, Erwin Rommel.
On June 22, 2011, I met with him in his home in Stuttgart, Germany. Helen Patton had arranged the meeting, as Manfred was her father’s old friend. The Patton and Rommel families have an historic friendship that dates back to the mid-1960s.
Holding the plaque in the photograph, he told me it represented his most meaningful achievement in the twenty-two years he was the Mayor of Stuttgart.
Manfred had worked with the Mayor of Jerusalem and joined their two cities together as sister cities.
The plaque is a symbol of that healing and reconciliation.
He was the kindest, most gentle person I have ever met.
The Guardian’s Obituary: