i was nine years old in 1939 .
i grew up in hamburg and remember WW II well - sometimes too well -
particularly the british air raids in 1943 are etched into my memory .
another experience i'll never forget , was seeing soviet prisoners and concentration camp inmates who were marched to new camps in early '45 .
they were " relocated " to southern germany because the advancing soviet army was close to their old camps in poland and eastern germany - what folly !
many had no shoes or boots , and had to wrap old clothes around their feet for some protection .
their food usually consisted of half a slice of bread and soma boiled potatoes or cabbage - if they were lucky .
it was a sight ill never forget !!!
on may 6th , 1945 - my birthday - the advance units of the u.s. army arrived in eastern bavaria .
the first question we had for them : " you have chewing gum , mister ? "
they sure were not stingy - they threw it at us sitting on top of the tanks as the rattled through the villagge .
i'd say thet the vast mojority of germans was happy to see the british and american soldiers .
they were not quite as happy to see the french and soviet soldiers .
" you have chewing gum , mister ? "