this footage often show regular people and how they had to live through this time after war.
+++ For whilst in my early teens, my self did hate quite openly ever Russian born in this world for the loss of my father. It was only after Auntie had a long talk with me, was I to understand war and those that lost love ones. For also was uncounted numbers of Russian families, husbands, wives, fathers, and sons, also lost love ones. +++
sorry for that
The images of a destroyed Berlin are comparable with the images of a destroyed Guernica, Warsaw, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Vlissingen, Middelburg, Stalingrad (Volgograd), Dresden, Hamburg, Coventry, Hannover, Breslau (Wrocław), Poznań and Belgrade. In the case of the Wehrmacht. Germans and Austrians were forced to do military service. They couldn't refuse duty, because they would be executed or sent to a concentration camp. For Karl I am also sorry for his loss of his father who did his duty as a Wehrmacht tank commander at the Eastern front in the SovjetUnion. If there had been no war or the war would have been limited maybe Karls father and family members of mine would have lived. The war took victims on all sides and tore families apart. People missed fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers due to military or civilian casualties.
I am sorry that Karl had to grow up without his father.
Thank you for your very sensative and compassionate reply, yes even at this time so long past after the war, I do think of my father at times. I think of and some times have dreamed of how things would have been with him and what we could have done together. But, reality sits in with its ugly but valid truth and I/we must deal with what we have, not what we would have had.
In truth, I only have small memories of my father as some time past we had descussed this. He was in his black Panzer uniform and smelt of wool. He was tall and strong for as a little fellow I felt safe in his strong arms and felt his love. But, that was a life time past and what is past is gone.
Yes, I know and realize my story is only one of a million and so many others have had it much worse. For as my words to repeat" I hate war even though time took me in his shoes with my required military duty in 1958/59 being assigned to a Panzer unit.