The Eyes of War by Martin Roemers

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Theodor Schafers (b. Germany, 1926), blinded veteran from the Second World War (WWII). "Three of us had to map out the location of the landmines that our troops had laid. That was in 1944 in Poland, in the Carpathian Mountains. When we had finished, we went to smoke a cigarette with the guys in the machine gun nest. When we arrived, the post came under attack from the Russians. We found ourselves in the middle of the fighting and I got a grenade fragment in my right eye. After treatment in the hospital I was sent back to the front in Mecklenburg as a one-eyed soldier. During combat with the Russians I fired into their trenches. I looked to see if there were survivors. There was one. He threw a grenade. I saw it rolling towards me but it was too late for me to jump out of the way. When it exploded, I fell on the ground and could see nothing. But it was not as bad as it appeared. There were small splinters in my left eye and I could see again after four weeks. Again I was deployed as a soldier. After the war I worked as a carpenter. My colleague stood next to me sawing a tree with a circular saw. A branch flew off the tree directly into my left eye. I was blind immediately. What bad luck, no? Apart from my pension I receive a monthly benefit for each eye. For my right eye I get 200 euros from a fund for war victims. For my left eye I receive a benefit for work related accidents from the Union of 1,610 euros. Actually with one eye I was not allowed to work as a carpenter. But after the war you took every job you could get.".. CHECK with MRM/FNA