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Response to Pab Sungenis (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:30 AM

32. My childrens' grandfather was one, too.

I married a German national when my sister and her husband, a defense contractor, had a two-year assignment to Germany. Their grandfather Kurtis wasn't hardcore; he'd been in Hitler Youth and only spent a few months in the Wehrmacht as the war was winding down. He says by then, morale was crumbling, soldiers were going without food and several were succumbing to sickness. They were praying for the war to end. He says the rank and file soldiers in the field had no idea of the atrocities of the concentration camps and that the whole country was in denial for a long time after the war that something so horrendous was happening in their country. Allies hung posters with slaughtered, emanciated Jews everywhere saying: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS! He welcomed me warmly into the family even though I was Hispanic and spoiled our children to no end. They've always flown my kids and grandkids every year to visit them and also fly down here to visit them twice a year. I can't believe that such a loving, doting grandfather and great-grandfather could have been a Nazi. It boggles my mind.

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