Friday, February 18, 2005

The Germans

Of course living in Germany as an American is a strange situation. It was just 60 years ago that my grandfather was trying to kill their Grandfathers in an all out struggle against the evil fascist nationalists that had brainwashed the German masses. I thought it would be hard to talk to Germans about this period or they might not even want to talk about it at all. I have found, however, the contrary is true. Germans will usually bring the topic up in conversation and they are unusually humble and apologetic when speaking of that era. And the conversation will usually end with a thank you from the German. It's very strange that even to this day, people of my age are still thanking me as a soldier for the sacrifices made by the men and women of my grandfathers era. I think it is a true testament to the good that was done by that generation, and the impact freedom can have for generations by those who truly yearn for it.

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