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#1 Heinrich

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 10:43 AM

A very touchy report written by a Mr Huchthausen who was a German embassy attache who was visiting a Stalingrad battlesights tour in Wolgograd when his group with some German vets met up with a group of Russian Veterans . Conversation started and Mr Huchthausen was asked to do the translations between the two groups of veterans ..

Perspectives: Stalingrad Foes Meet Again – November ‘97 World War II Feature » HistoryNet

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Edited by Heinrich, 05 January 2010 - 10:57 AM.
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 10:57 AM

If that's an accurate account of the meeting, then thanks for pointing it out Heinrich - Strong stuff.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 10:47 PM

a gripping read , thanks Heinrich for sharing
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 11:32 PM

Amazing story thankyou very much

“I wish she wouldn’t chatter so,” said the Russian spokesman. “We knew where you were then.” He still watched the German spokesman closely, as if hiding a secret smile. The large group arrived at the corner of the pockmarked building and stopped.


“Silence,” croaked the Russian. “Can’t you see we’re thinking together?” He turned from the guide and looked at the German. “After all, we fought each other, and now we’re thinking together. Isn’t that something?” he asked. He shook his cane at the guide, who was again losing her composure, the corners of her mouth beginning to twitch as if she wanted to cry.


This whole article kept be so interested, and amazed. Thankyou.
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 02:23 AM

Excellent article. Emotionally touching. It's nice to read of old enemies sharing their common luck of survival.

Although I'm pretty sure there are many names of the Russian (Soviet) dead in the Hall of the Great. I could be wrong, though.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 04:28 AM

I read this a while ago, I was very moved by it, it's good to be reading it again after all this time. You rarely hear of such stories in this day and age, kind of sad especially when such scenarios happen on a weekly basis among old foes.

I do feel sorry for the guide though.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 10:00 PM

Yes Heinrich. Thank you for sharing this. A very emotionally charged story.
It just goes to prove that its the man on the ground from all nations who suffered under political will. A heart rendering tale.
Thanks John

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:43 AM

Thank you for sharing. What a tremendous story.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 04:08 AM

what a beautiful story, really glad you posted it.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:51 PM

Hi Heinrich, thanks for that greats story. I cant salute ya but gave ya 32 reps instead.
Lost are only those, who abandon themselves) Hans-Ulrich Rudel.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 05:57 PM

On reading this again, this reminds me of what happened when Susanne and I attended the 9th reunion of the U 181 Vets and as well, as visiting our good friend and RKT-Remy Schrijnen. I believe this story because of certain things mentioned ion it that you will NOT understand-that is-untill you actually get to go to a German Vets reunion.
Lost are only those, who abandon themselves) Hans-Ulrich Rudel.
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#12 Heinrich

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 06:45 PM

Thanks you all like it as I did ..
One can only feel the deepest respect for the Vets in the reportage .
Can imagine so much both parties being disappointed that in spite of all really beautifull and heroic statues and reliefs in the city there seem to be no personal places for rememberance for both parties ..must have felt like none were expected ever to come back to it ..

Edited by Heinrich, 09 January 2010 - 06:46 PM.
thanks for the reppoints Carl :-)

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:00 PM

Moving story Heinrich!

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 12:42 AM

That would be something to see!

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 01:52 PM

Thanks Heinrich, That was a very moving story. I think there are many like it. It reminded my of my uncle that passed last summer. He was 91 and received a Bronze star for his contribution in Normandy on D-Day morning. He told me a bit before he died. Nothing about heroic fighting though. Only about a German Major that he and another guy captured at the Remagen bridge. I asked him if he took the soldier prisioner, he said they couldn't but it didn't really matter. The German soldier spat on my uncle and his friend and called them swine. He kinda left out the next part and began again as he was looking through pockets for any important documents. He said "thats when I found a picture of him with a woman and child and realized he had a family as well." He kept that photo and told me about a year and a half ago that he should try to find the mans family and return the picture. Well, he never did get to do that but I believe he really would have liked to return it. Anyway, his name was Carl L. Vaughn, Technician Fourth Grade 474th AAA Automatic weapons battalion. To me he was a hero.




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