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