posted on Aug, 3 2014 @ 11:48 AM
originally posted by: Snarl
a reply to: daaskapital
What got to me were the third, fourth and fifth words of your OP. He was a baby ... not more than 17 months of age. One cannot develop credibility
from 'surviving the Holocaust' when there is tremendous doubt he has even the slightest recollection of the time.
Let's be fair.
An anecdotal tale to negate your observation/opinion, possibly. My ex-father-in-law was a Dutch "winter baby", meaning he survived the winter hunger
the Nazi's imposed on the Dutch due to blockades and other nefarious but oft-used "war tactics" in 44/45 (Rotterdam). While he probably has no
direct memory of that time (he was a baby/toddler), the "feeling" of urgency and desperation never left this man during his life. (He is still alive
today, 70 plus something...) and he worked any and every job he could get his hands on, and overtime a plenty. Pretty much a self-educated man, he
could strip, clean, repair and run any broken motor/engine you could think of, from a small car or motorbike, right up to large boat-engines; a hobby
of his, in his spare time.
He could also build and repair houses. From scratch, right up to a minor repair. His daughter (my girl at the time) told me that her childhood was not
completely pleasant because Dad could never say no to extra work, money, or the possibility of a better job. In other words, he was rarely at home
during his working life because of the feeling of scarcity he could never quite rid himself of.
He was a small man, but a powerhouse I tried to learn from in the short time I had the pleasure of knowing him.
To use a slogan:
You can take a child out of the war, but you can't take the war out of a child.