|Witnesses to War: The Personal
The eyewitnesses teach what the books can't. We realize some readers may be
offended by personal accounts from German soldiers, but their experiences, like
those of noncombatants, are nevertheless part of the history and human
perspective of WWII. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
Otto Hiegel: An eyewitness to Hitler's 1939 Visit
in Lambsborn to inspect the Westwall
Gerda (Neu) Heintz: When the Wehrmacht
Came to Baumholder: The Loss of a Village
and a Childhood
Herbert Grimm: How a Wounded Afrika
Korp Paratrooper and US POW became
Baumholder's link to the US Forces
Gale Garman: A 29th Infantry DDay vet who
inadvertently joined the second wave on Omaha
Beach when his DUKW was swamped
offshore. He remembers a "worms-eye view" of
Frank Garret: A 99th Infantry Division veteran who
became a POW of Kampfgruppe Peiper in the
Northern Shoulder 17 Dec 1944. He hid captured
German medals in the wooden floor of a Gasthaus in
Honsfeld, and returned in 2007 to look for them.
Al Goldstein: A POW who survived capture by
the 1st SS Panzer Regiment. Taken prisoner 17
Dec 1944 as Peiper's tanks moved toward
Ted Paluch: One of 56 survivors of the Malmedy
Massacre 17 Dec 1944. About 150 members of a US
convoy were surprised by a German SS tank column
and herded into a Belgian field. Eightyfive were
gunned down in place but some, like Mr. Paluch,
escaped to tell the story.
George Daubenfeld: A Luxembourger who spent
the fall of 1944 hanging out with his new best friends:
the American GIs in Luxembourg City. He's never
lost his US connections and remains a faithful friend
and dealer of WWII militaria, "Helmet George".
Dr Harland Hermann: A young Army doctor for
the 442nd Infantry in Italy. His combat unit of
mostly Japanese/American soldiers was the most
highly decorated unit of WWII. The psychological
effect of combat has been a lifelong interest of Dr.
Hermann Klink: An Afrika Korp signalman who
trained at Baumholder and became a POW in North
Africa. He spent 3 years as a POW in the USA, and
had an up-close-and-personal encounter with Rommel.
H. Smith Shumway was a 1LT platoon leader on
DDay and was later blinded by a land mine near St.
Lo. After extensive rehab, he became a vocational
counselor for the blind and an advocate for other
disabled WWII veterans.
Ted Gundy fought as a sniper in the Battle of the
Bulge and lost a leg at Remagen. Over sixty years
later he visited the Army sniper school and was still
able to make "The Impossible Shot."