Those pictures are simply illegal here in Germany because of the swastikas and so on. Showing the swastika in Germany, especially in public, will be
prosecuted to, up to three years in prison or paying a penalty.
Uniforms of that period, parts of uniforms, propaganda material et cetera, is not allowed in public also.
Nevertheless, when I go to the old mill, my grandfather once owned, there is a dusty and cobwebby storage room, in which my grandfather stored his
uniform and Wehrmacht equipment, back in 1945, when the war was over. I even found some little moth-eaten swastika flags in a dusty box, propably for
waving, in case troops were marching trough the town.
Unfortunately I found no guns or anything
, but these guns would be illegal anyway. My grandmother once told me, that back in 1945, when American
troops came into town, everybody was frightened. So people gathered there weapons, I mean all the weapons, even very old useless rifles to sank them
in the river Main or to hide them in the forest. After 7 PM, everybody had to stay at home and when American soldiers patroled trough the town and
they saw somebody, they gave a warning shot. Furthermore my grandmother told me, that American soldiers behaved very friendly to the local people most
of the time. Russian soldiers behaved very different.
The American soldiers even endowed her a German radio, called "Volksempfänger", which they confiscated somewhere else I guess. It was the first radio
my grandmothers family ever owned.
Well, most of the people in Germany were happy that WW2 had come to an end. People didn't care about winning or loosing the war anymore. They just
wanted the war come to an end, because so many men were killed in action already.
But shortly before the war ended, a SS Bataillion came into the little town of Bavaria. The SS tried to impress every male person, up from the age of
15, to fight against the Allies. Everybody who wasn't willing to fight, was perceived as a betrayer and either shot or hung to death by the SS.
My grandfather fought at the eastern front. He supposable only survived because he was wounded and was brought into a military hospital thereafter. He
stayed there until the war was over. He was an artillerist, so he hadn't to fight forwardmost normally, but even so he was engaged in close-quarters
fighting and attacked by Russian airforce. I suppose he hadn't survived the war in case he got not wounded. Well, even don't know why I'm talking
about this topic, maybe I'm just bored today. Anyway, my grandmother has a lot of pictures or postcards from WW2 and WW1, taken or written from some
of our family members. These photos all are monochrome but the postcards are in colour. Best regards...
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