Uploaded on Aug 28, 2006
The following is a message I had recieved a few months ago here on youtube from a Mr. Salomon.
I was born in Rheine in 1935 and left with my family, arriving in New York on Sept. 2, 1939.
My father was drafted at age 16 in 1914 and fought in WWI in the German Army as a heavy machine gunner, winning the Iron Cross, First Class in the battle of Riga, where he was gassed. He was then moved to the Western Front after Russia stopped fighting in 1917 and fought untilNovember 11, 1918. The effects of the gas finally killed him in 1951. There were 200,000 Greman Jews who served in WWI and over 20,000 were KIA.with many more thousnads wounded and gassed. I still have my father''s medals and his service documents.
When I was in the Schnee Eifel three years ago, I visited the grave of Leutnant Freiderich Lengfeld of the 275th Inf. Reg. He died trying to save the life of a wounded American soldier of the 22nd Inf. Div. in the Huertgen Wilde Sau minefield on 12 November,1944.
Niemand hat groessere Liebe als wer sein Leben hingibt fuer seinen Feind.
Most German soldiers did their duty with bravery and fought the war fairly, though many were nothing more than war criminals in their actions on the Eastern Front and the killing of innocents, including Jews.
Your montage is well done and honors all those who fought and died for their country.
Grusse aus Santa Barbara
NOTE: My video is tribute to the honorable fighting soldiers of the German Military whose valor was abused and worthy for a better cause. Period.
This was originally a recruiting video I made for a "realism unit" I was involved with in the video game Red Orchestra, the clan does not exist anymore but I thought this video was good to have as a tribute to one of the fiercest armies of our time.
Music is an excerpt from "Escape" by Craig Armstrong
Unfortunately, it seems my video attracts alot of neo-nazi and anti-semitic people. For the record I do not agree with such views nor will I tolerate any of those type of beliefs in the comments. Furthermore, I will not tolerate any dis-tasteful comments towards the German people or people with German ancestry PERIOD.