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SSG Byron Howard Sr
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I have beer to Dachu and Bergen Belsen. Both will really make you think just what humans can do to each other and what humans can do.
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PO2 Robert M.
PO2 Robert M.
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My best friend's Mother was from Germany, and during the war, she went to the GI's for scraps of food and old cigarettes (for her father, she would re-roll the old tobacco). Her father was against the NAZI regime, and his punishment was to delouse the dead people prior to their cremation. I could not sleep for days after she told me what she went through as a child because of that fanatical monster!!
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SSG Byron Howard Sr
SSG Byron Howard Sr
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PO2 Robert M. I hear you I'm glad I was not there. When I was in Stuttgart there was an old guy who worked at the O Club he had a string of numbers on his arm.
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Capt Daniel Goodman
Capt Daniel Goodman
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I had occasion to chat with the daughter of a member of !y uncle:s WW2 Army unit, the 3118th Signal Svc Battalion/Grp, her Dad might well have known my uncle, not were there for the German surrender, after it happened, her Dad was apparently spoken with by Gen. Bradley, who'd said to him, "Well, it:s finally over"... I just figured you all might find that an interesting anecdote...her Dad had a ticker tape of the surrender announcement she gave her nephew, who'd gone USAF...I'd chatted with her as my uncle had helped send the Telex of the surrender, and also swiped a copy, my cousins still have it in a safe deposit box....
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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Do the Germans collectively feel shame in reference to the holocaust?
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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Capt Daniel Goodman - I think the Japanese have swept the atrocities they committed under the rug by not acknowledging it.
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Capt Daniel Goodman
Capt Daniel Goodman
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Clearly....
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CPT Jack Durish
CPT Jack Durish
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I don't expect Germans born after WWII to feel guilt for the Nazi atrocities any more than I expect White Americans to feel guilt for the enslavement and abuse of black Africans kidnapped and forced into slavery. I expect them to acknowledge the history. To learn from their history. But, guilt? No. I sure as hell think that they would be the first to stand against any recurrence of such atrocities...
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CPT Jack Durish - Thanks for the perspective.
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Capt Daniel Goodman
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A teacher in the Hebrew school I was in as a kid would tell us his wife was a survivor with one of the tattoos of numbers...I'm not entirely certain if my family lost anyone, I suppose it was possible, though I've never known, one of my brothers tried to find out if we still have relatives in Europe, I think we might, though he never really went into the whole thing in any depth...a cousin of mine and his wife, the older son of my uncle who'd been one of Gen. Eisenhower's radio operators, had gone on a trip there some time back, a few yrs, and basically described many aspects of the country, and, honestly, he really did say this, word for word, that walking through there in many instances was like walking through a cross between a charnel house and a graveyard, which I actually thought quite interesting phrasing....
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