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Re: The South Bronx of the 1980's

Posted by Steve B-8AVEXP on Sun Aug 1 20:36:43 2010, in response to Re: The South Bronx of the 1980's, posted by SMAZ on Sun Aug 1 01:57:22 2010.

He was 27 that February. He was about to start a doctoral class in engineering when he saw a military vehicle pull up to a line of people waiting at a movie theater and soldiers started rounding up all the men to dig trenches at the front. My father snuck around the back of the theater, returned to the boarding house where he was staying, packed his stuff and went to the train station. He had a ticket to Kempten and travel papers and was given a choice between a military transport (express) train and a civilian loacl train. He chose the latter; the former took a direct hit which he saw from a distance. He arrived in Kempten on Feb. 10 and three days later, Dresden was bombed. Even his family didn't know if he was alive. He's retold the story countless times; someone was watching over him.


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