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Nazi Sniper Tamed With a Trumpet

Posted on May 11, 2012

Americans hear a lot about the need to vanquish their supposed enemies abroad with bullets, bombs, and other tools of overwhelming force. Evidence that a common humanity can be called upon to settle differences is scarce in the media. Count this brief story from a World War II vet among the few exhibits submitted to that effect. —ARK



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By keylawk, May 13, 2012 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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“The power of music…”  The musicians should just gently push aside the generals….play, play, play again.  Lead the dance out of hell.

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By Steve, May 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm Link to this comment
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How do you know he was a Nazi? German, yes. Nazi, there is no way of knowing that. The trumpet player makes no mention if him being a Nazi.

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By gerard, May 12, 2012 at 9:50 am Link to this comment

vector56:  The day is coming.  The signs are on the horizon.  Thanks for helping it along.

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By Kanomi Blake, May 12, 2012 at 5:49 am Link to this comment

What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing.

The people in Germany, Italy, Japan, a dozen other countries, I am talking about the people mind you, not their psychopathic politicians and criminal elites, were drafted into the wars. Forced to fight. They were never cartoon villains. They were people just like us.

A lovely and scary book you may want to read is Guy Sajer’s the Forgotten Soldier. He was a French-German by ancestry, just a teenager when he got drafted by the Nazis to fight the Soviets on the Eastern Front.

He was sent into a Hell created by lunatics. Somehow he lived to tell the tale.

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By Project Mayhem, May 12, 2012 at 3:58 am Link to this comment

Well said, Vec. That the emotions he feels in the retelling are still so raw so 70 years later says it all. A well posted video, TD.

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By vector56, May 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment

This post cuts to the core of what the ones in charge fear most; that someday we will stop killing one another and talk, discovering our mutual humanity.

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