My Fathers Grandfather was a German Soldier all I know about him is that he fought and killed Americans. My Dad remembered him at a young age before he died saying he didn't really talk about the war much. I mean i knew i had German in me but to have one of your forefathers fight in the German army during WW2 i dont know whether to be ashamed or proud. Even some of my American friends have been offended from this since their grandfathers fought against Germans.
Most Helpful Girl
You aren't your grandfather, don't be ashamed.4
Most Helpful Guy
No, there is nothing you have to be ashamed of, but I can relate, people somehow found out that my grandfather was involved in the military too but there is a "troop above the regular army level" if you know what I mean.
He was born in 1915 and was 20 when he got in. He did it voluntarily because they were promised a good education, including the right to study at university, which was something very special back then, so he did it without knowing what they were going to do. (He also happened to meet the physical criterions for that troop).
You either did what you had to do or they'd kill you too, there was no way out.
He got lots of medals too, but rather for his courage, which was his own will to survive actually. It was either you or them. One year before he died he burned his uniform to finally let go of everything. He was 96 when he did this. He died at 97 in 2012.
The cause of his death was the stress from back then that still tore him up internally.
You don't get a golden close combat clasp, an Iron cross and a Knights cross for running away from danger..
RIP, bravest man I've ever known. He was the most important person in my life.4
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