Dear Stan, Here is the little bit I found about Lachendorf, where they now make Adidas athletic shoes.It's from Wikipedia.
Lachendorf is a Samtgemeinde ("collective municipality") in the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. Its seat is in Lachendorf. The Samtgemeinde Lachendorf consists of the following municipalities: 1. Ahnsbeck 2. Beedenbostel 3. Eldingen 4. Hohne 5. Lachendorf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lachendorf_(Samtgemeindehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lachendorf_(Samtgemeinde)
The distance from Hohne to Celle is 25 km to the south east.That's roughly 16 miles.The distance from Celle to Lachendorf is 10 km to the east, or roughly 6.7 miles.The trip from Hohne to Celle, where St. Ludwig is, is almost a day's journey for horses pulling a full wagon.If the horses had to pull a full wagon back to Hohne, they would have to be rested overnight in Celle, or you would have to stop and camp somewhere on the way back, because the horses would be too tired to make the complete round trip with a full wagon.That was my grandfather's experience.If the Luchau family had a car, of course, the trip to Celle is not a problem.
I think it might have been very difficult for your mother to get to Celle, Lachendorf, or Bergen (Its Catholic church was the Precious Blood) and get you baptized by herself, unless maybe the Luchau family was helping her.I think forced laborers probably had to hide their babies.Hiding a baby isn't so difficult, but hiding a toddler would be terribly difficult, unless someone was helping.Maybe the Luchau family pretended you were their baby or something to protect you and your mother.