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on 10 March 2008
Having attended a wedding near Seeshaupt (Bavaria), I came across this biography of the early years of Stephen Nasser during the Nazi era. Most of his story took place in a forced labour camp east of Munich. However, towards the end of the Nazi period, a large group of surviving inmates were transported by train to....well, that was not at all clear and depended on the progress of the Allied troops in that area. Another one of these rogue trains to "anywhere". This group's train came to a halt at Seeshaupt station. We came across the Memorial near the station, for those who survived and the 100 or so who arrived dead.
I'll quote from just one episode described in the book. Stephen, on a starvation ration and having been worked well beyond his ability for week, had just been rescued out of the arms of an SS-man by an engineer. The SS-man was about to throw him down a funnel which led through the blades of a cement grinder, and to certain death. He managed to say "Danke schoen" (Thank you). The engineer looked at him, 'offering no reply but a nod. The mere look in his eyes seems to say it all, though, "I'm ashamed of the German army, the SS, and the whole so-called human race." '
His determination to live on being the sole survivor of his family, is remarkable. Humanity should (have) learn(ed) from this cautionary tale.
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