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Date Posted: 07:00:29 01/11/07 Thu
Author: Eppy
Subject: It Was Interesting To Talk to German WW2 Vets When I Lived In Germany...
In reply to: TastingTheBlood 's message, "To Deborah" on 06:11:58 01/11/07 Thu

and to some who lived in Eastern Germany during the era of the Soviet Block. We had one man who lived in our ward, who the Nazi's pressed into service at the age of 14 toward the end. He spent his time on a bike delivering messages between the German posts. Eventually the allies caught him and he said for the rest of the war, he had a warm bed to sleep in and 3 warm meals a day. Another friend's maternal grandfather, hid Jews. One day he was discovered and the Gestapo shot the toes off one of his feet and warned him that they wouldn't be so kind to him the next time. He still hid them and wasn't caught again. The warning inspired him to be EXTRA careful. Then there was her other grandfather...a soldier, through and through. I met him about 6 months before he died. He still had a picture of himself in his Nazi uniform proudly displayed. His granddaughter, who is a good friend of mine, said he was a Nazi till the day he died. These people all lived with the same threat. Some agreed, so went along to avoid being killed and others rebelled.

I know that my husband has been ordered to do some things, recently, that he would not do on grounds of principle, so they transfered him instead and he is having to serve an extra two months as a result of his transfer...not as a punishment, but as a result of now being with a unit that was deployed two months after him. If faced with the same situation, I know he would make the same choice again. As it has turned out, he has been blessed by being in this new unit.

We each have our choice.

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