The Never-Ending War by Martin Roemers

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Johannes Luxem (born 1924), a German veteran of World War II (WW2).."I spent four months in the American prisoner of war camp Remagen.  There were 160,000 men there.  It was cold, it was raining and we had no roof over our heads.  We dug trenches and covered them with a bit of cardboard or a jacket.  We were hungry.  Sometimes the American soldiers took our tins of food away to torment us. 'Vae victis', we used to say to each other: woe to the conquered.  They say that 1,200 Germans died at Remagen.  I don't know whether it was deliberate to give us so little to eat.  Some say that it was revenge, but it might just have been poor logistics.  I don't see it as a war crime in any event.  That's just the way it is for the losers, they have to put up with it."."With hindsight, I do feel as if we were deceived.  We were young and idealistic and we believed what our leaders told us: Germany and the European culture had to be protected from Bolshevism.  But our trust was abused and we were led into a war of conquest.  We were, I think, too idealistic.  But what we had too much of, today's youth has too little.  No-one uses the word 'fatherland' any more.  Today's youngsters are really individualistic and have no sense of duty, only enjoyment.  Even so, Germany is a better country today.  It's good that we're now in the European Union, because that means there'll always be peace in Europe.".. CHECK with MRM/FNA