March 16, 2016

I did not know that

As I was somewhat distracted in 2008 I failed to note the passing of Siegfried Knappe, who:
  • Fought in artillery units for the Germans in WW2, and was decorated for bravery on numerous occasions,
  • Became a staff officer,
  • Did daily briefings in the F├╝hrerbunker, and was one of the last to depart (his account of this experience was one source for the movie Downfall),
  • Was captured and imprisoned by the Russians, but released in 1949,
  • Emigrated to the U.S. and moved to Dayton, OH, where he became an executive at NCR (formerly National Cash Register), 
  • Retired in 1983,
  • and wrote Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949.
Well, ok.  But forgive me if I don't salute.



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