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The reference to the jubilarian came from florida: "walter schramm, a friend of ours, will die on the 10th anniversary of his death. May 90 years old, wrote heidrun tommasi and sam hamontree to the coburger tageblatt. The overview of schramm’s curriculum vitae they gave aroused curiosity: at the age of 15, the german was captured by the russians and later found work with the american military in bamberg. With the help of an officer, he came to the U.S. In 1953, where he became a helicopter pilot. Two tours of duty in vietnam brought him high honors.
This is how it all began
"Yes, that’s all true", schramm confirmed on request last thursday. His life story, which the rustic war veteran then describes in a personal interview lasting over 90 minutes, was to last for two lifetimes. Born in 1930 in bautzen, saxony, schramm experienced the consequences of the bombing of dresden firsthand as a 14-year-old in 1945. "A shock, so schramm. From school, the young man was assigned to disaster service and suffered from fume poisoning. After the end of the siege of his hometown by the russians, he and many of his peers were integrated into the volkssturm. "At 14, they put us in barracks, trained us on infantry weapons and showed us how to push on tanks", he describes and adds: "today’s youth can’t even imagine that." The atrocities he himself experienced on children were to be increased when, on 19. He was taken prisoner by the russians on april 1945, had to march to sagan in silesia and was interned in the camp there. Even today, he can still hear the screams of the officers who were harassed there by former concentration camp prisoners. "I’m sometimes surprised that all the things I’ve experienced haven’t left me with any lasting damage.", says schramm looking back.