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Old Sep 25th 2007, 1:54 am
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Originally Posted by cindyabs View Post
My son just went to the one in B'Ham last weekend with his mother in law. He (my son) is all about Civil War history and had seen ken Burns work on that, so he was looking forward to seeing what how one this will be. When we lived o'seas, he got dragged around to all of the US military cemetaries, Normandy (British and Canadian beaches too), Bastogne, Arnhem and so on. That was before he was studying them in school, but at least they are not just names to him.
I visited Normandy and the D-Day beaches when I was 16 and 18 respectively. Then I studied in Luxembourg for 6 months and while there visited an Allied as well as a German cemetary. The Allied graves were white stone, crosses and stars of David ... the German cemetary was marked by black stones. Maybe a coincidence, but it didn't feel that way. I remember that the head of our program (a German) was visibly upset - his brother had been forced to fight in the German army at the age of 14 or so ... it may have even been a year or two younger. I hope he isn't lying under a black stone somewhere ... just a boy.
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Old Sep 25th 2007, 1:55 am
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I visited Normandy and the D-Day beaches when I was 16 and 18 respectively. Then I studied in Luxembourg for 6 months and while there visited an Allied as well as a German cemetary. The Allied graves were white stone, crosses and stars of David ... the German cemetary was marked by black stones. Maybe a coincidence, but it didn't feel that way. I remember that the head of our program (a German) was visibly upset - his brother had been forced to fight in the German army at the age of 14 or so ... it may have even been a year or two younger. I hope he isn't lying under a black stone somewhere ... just a boy.
Seems like I remember being told that the Germans were buried 8 to a grave?
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Seems like I remember being told that the Germans were buried 8 to a grave?
War certainly is ugly.
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Old Sep 25th 2007, 3:17 am
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Seems like I remember being told that the Germans were buried 8 to a grave?
Better than a gas oven
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Old Sep 25th 2007, 9:30 am
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Better than a gas oven
Agreed, I've been to Auschwitz.
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From the director of the excellent Civil War series, comes a new documentary about WW2 starting September 23rd on on public TV.
Heard a lot about this on National Public Radio today, sounds like a good one.
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http://www.pbs.org/thewar/?campaign=...ilm_2007-09-21
I taped it but did watch some of it, I liked the personal story's touch to it, shall watch it with my OH in full.
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Well as time goes by, it's no longer and up close and reach out and touch someone who was there or fought in it. The vets are dying off now, the generation that was born during the war or right afterwards are getting older too-they're grandparents now, maybe even great grandparents ( ), so today's generation don't rub up against them on a daily basis.
Its a shame, isn't it? My grandmother is 92 years old and to this day I still love hearing her stories from when she was young......
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Its a shame, isn't it? My grandmother is 92 years old and to this day I still love hearing her stories from when she was young......
Down at my Mom's I discovered a box of old photos taken mainly when she was little ( she's 81), even a few from before she was born and very few of them labeled. I was thinking what a shame.
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We have the Mighty Eighth musuem almost in our backyard at my office-they've really put a lot of work into it.
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There is a German War Grave in Cannock Chase.

Grey granite stones....... quite nicely done I thought.
the crews of the bombing zeppelins that went down in the wat are buried there.
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