My Longest Day: How World War II Ended for My Family

Ohlmann, Hans-Armin

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  17/08/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22920

An essay excerpted from Hans-Armin Ohlmann's memoirs, which recounts his experiences growing up in Germany during the Second World War.



My family of six had moved there due to an American fighter-bomber raid on our town which scared the hell out of us. And there already were other people, most of them relatives and friends bombed-out in the nearby city of Nuremberg (of war criminal trials fame, a bit later). We shared spaces in the small house and the barn, sleeping in the proverbial straw, except when we hid in the nearby beer cellar, a man made cave hewn into the side of a ravine about 25 meters below the village. We deemed it the safest place, and many people without their own bomb shelters spent the nights in it.

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