In honor of veterans day
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Fun fact: my grandfather was in the parade shown at the end of the
He was one of only a handful of soldiers in his battalion to survive the ::_
His first wife and children died in the war from Allied bombing. He met my grandmother about a decade alter being released as a POW.
Understandably he didn' t talk about the war in a lot dovetails, but as I grew older he would take me hunting, and on our hunting trips he would
explain things to me.
He was a dedicated National Socialist. He didn' t personally hate Jews or slats or Americans, but he felt certain groups (especially the Jews) were
too intrusive on German culture. He also did believe communism to be a Jewish invention to divide and weaken the West.
He was with the in Poland, France, USSR, and then France again in 1944. He showed me the Knight' s Cross with oak leaves he had
been awarded for action on the Eastern Front.
Now a bit ofa story. His history was revealed publicly when I was in middle school (we live in America). "Nazi hunters" confronted him. My
grandfather volunteered at a garden shop tending flowers because he didn' t like sitting around at home. Two younger guys (late ) confronted him
while there, said they had proof of him serving in "Hitler' s war crimes division, the " and threatened legal action. They also threatened his
boss" to fire him.
My grandfather asked them to leave him alone since the war was 60 years over.
So they published a letter in our town paper demanding he apologize for being a member organization, and destroy his war medals.
The whole thing blew over eventually because the town knew and liked my grandfather and father too much to turn on them, and because the "Nazi
hunters' I don' t think were associated with a major group- Just private investigators.
Years later while hunting, my grandfather talked to me about them. He told me they' d had Jewish names and he actually laughed at them calling
them "fake toughs who can' t even scare an old mam"
But it wasn' t the last time he was harassed by Jews over his war medals.
For young me, that was all some major redialling
He left what he had to be after he passed away. I have it locked up in a safe bolted to the ground because I don' t want some damn thief taking it.
The saddest was, the older he got and the closer to the end he got, the more he looked at his old war things and medals. For the last couple weeks
before he passed, he kept his Knight' s Cross on the table stand beside him, which was something he' d NEVER done before. He looked at those
And I started to realize that even though he loved us, I think he was looking back on happier days and friends long gone. Even his first family.
It' s hard to put into words, but it was like he felt he' d failed and the present he was living in was all wrong. I hope that makes sense.
Just remembering him like that makes me want to cry.