The Eyes of War by Martin Roemers

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Rosemarie Pinnau (b. Germany, 1938), blinded during the Second World War (WWII). "Bombs, bombs, bombs, on Rosie's head." My mother said that I was singing that one hour before the Dortmund air-raid sirens went off. She took me by the arm, but before we reached the cellar a bomb hit the school next to our house. The windowpanes burst. A splinter hit my father's neck and he hasn't been able to speak ever since. I got glass in my eyes. I am not completely blind, I can tell if it is day or night. I don't hate those who threw the bombs. They had superiors who told them to do it. They were doing their duty. If I hate someone, it is perhaps our Fuhrer. What depresses me are all these new wars, and that people still cannot stand each other. All that grief, that's what makes me sad.". CHECK with MRM/FNA