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Postwar Berlin-Spandau - Adventure, Danger & Friendship

Updated on May 8, 2015
Berlin just after World War Two
Berlin just after World War Two | Source

Adventure, danger and friendship in Spandau-Berlin

This photograph shows my dad - he's second from the left - probably taken in winter 1945 near Berlin. I think he was just twenty one years old.

The long and fierce Second World War had at last ended and my father had been sent from North Africa, where he had been serving, to Germany - to the war-torn, bombed at battered city of Berlin.

He wasn't a war hero or anything of that nature. He was a humble private and didn't really think of himself as a soldier. He had been a mechanic in civilian life and that was his job in the army too.

He recalls that there were very few able-bodied men in the city in those days. He was put in charge of a motor workshop because he was the only qualified mechanic available. Many of the people who worked for him were German. The photograph was taken when a bunch of them went to a local beauty spot for a touch of R & R. I suspect that the man on the left of the photograph was a man called Herman Bergman, or 'Lofty' as his mates in the workshop called him.

Photographs from the collection of Eric Jackson and currently in my possession. The letter from Herman is also in my possession and the images you see are direct scans.

Eric Jackson in the Second World War
Eric Jackson in the Second World War | Source

THE PROBLEM

Lofty had been a textile salesman before the war and had worked in England so he had a good command of the language. He and my dad became pals. He had escaped from the Russian section of the divided city but confided that his father was still trapped there. Together, the two hatched a plan.

THE PLAN

My dad, still a young lad really, was crazy about motorbikes. Army bikes were often brought to the workshop for repair or inspection so he took it upon himself to have the 'arduous' task of road-testing them. There was some rough ground near the workshop where he used to practice fancy motorbike tricks. This land was right next to the wire that divided the Russian section from the British...

THE ADVENTURE DEVELOPS

Lofty said he could arrange for his father to enter the area via a concrete drain that was about three feet wide and ran from the Russian sector through to the bike-testing area. As far as the pair knew, the Russian guards who patrolled the area weren't aware of the existence of the pipe.

In my dad's own words

"Obviously I couldn't go out in the darkness to test a motorbike, that would have been far too suspicious, so the rescue had to take place during daylight - more or less right under the noses of the armed Russian guards.

For several days I rode a motor cycle round the track to get the guard to realize that I was just a local mechanic test-driving the bikes..."

"One day I cheekily waved to them. This attracted their attention and they gestured to me. It seemed that the gentlemen wanted a word with me. I approached them very slowly and got off the bike.

This was going to be fun - I didn't know a word of Russian and, I discovered, they knew no English. I said 'Mechanic. I am a mechanic'. I had no idea if they understood so I mimed tightening up some bolts. 'Fix' I said 'Fix bikes. Test, test bikes'. They looked at each other and seemed to understand."

"Lofty and I agreed that I would meet his father and put him on the flat metal pillion of the bike and bring him back to safety. So we arranged a time in bright sunlight in the middle of the day and sure enough there were two of our Russian friends, both with their guns.

I rode around on the bike watching the end of the drainpipe - but trying hard not to be seen to do so. It seemed like ages - I rode round and round, glancing anxiously at the mouth of the drainpipe every few seconds.

Where was he? Had something gone wrong at the other end? Had this frail old man not been able to make it through the drain? Eventually, with one eye carefully watching the Russian guards, I caught a glimpse of a small movement by the drain.

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The story continues

"Yes, it was Lofty's father - he had made it through. When I got to him and he emerged from the pipe he was in a hell of a state and it took me ages to get him on to the motorcycle. I'd maneuvered the bike so that it was behind some sparse bushes.

This wasn't a great hiding place but it was better than nothing. Lofty's father was all wet through and stinking and in a very weakened state but he spoke good English so understood what I was telling him to do. He too knew that the Russian guards could spot us at any minute.

In his poor physical condition, he couldn't just hop onto the bike. I had to put it on its stand to get him on and straighten the bike with him on it. Fortunately the bushes were still just about hiding us from the Russians, however they were a damned sight nearer than I had first thought.

I started the bike up but it had taken time to get my passenger aboard. I heard what I had been dreading, a shout of warning in Russian. I realized that the Russian soldiers had spotted me but luckily this happened just as the old man got onto the motorbike. I told him to hang on tight and the bike roared as we set off.

Of course, the Russians had seen me earlier and now they could see that I had a passenger. It was obvious to them now that I wasn't just testing a motorbike at all and that I had a completely different mission in mind. Russian guards were not noted for being diplomatic - they both unhitched their guns and when I was maybe a hundred and fifty yards or so away they opened fire at me.

Fortunately the terrain was up and down, up and down, and they didn't get a good aim but they did chop the top off some bushes that I was passing and those bullets were close - they frightened me to death. I got the old boy back and he and Lofty had a grand reunion."

Back to England

I don't know exactly when my dad returned to the UK but he and Mum were married in March of 1947. He didn't forget Lofty though.

When Mum died a few years ago, I found a faded old letter from Lofty, Herman Bergman, when I was going through her things. It is dated just after Christmas, 1948.

Letter dated 1948 from Spandau Berlin

Being Christians we should act accordingly

It seems that Lofty might still have been working in the motor pool as it was located in the Spandau area of Berlin. (Note that in the letter he refers to 'Brooks' calling them in to receive their parcels. I don't think he would have referred to him by name unless this was someone my dad knew - plus, my dad had known the address to send the parcels to - presumably the auto repair shop). Depending on your age, Spandau may suggest a New Romantics group from the 70s. Or you may think of the German prison where Rufolf Hess was detained, among other war criminals. Yes, the motor workshop was at that Spandau.

I don't know about you but that letter makes my eyes water.

'More or less we are all alike, and being Christians, should act accordingly'.

Just a few years previously, had these two young men met on the battlefield, they would have been trying to kill each other. Yet now, my old man was sending Christmas gifts. I wonder what he sent?

As you know that year, in the summer, the Soviets had prevented goods, including essentials such as food, being taken into West Berlin. Did he send a care package with Christmas treats? I imagine that it included items that we wouldn't see as luxuries at all these days. Maybe a can of instant coffee, a bar of chocolate, a jar of fruit ... maybe even practicalities like soap and toothpaste? Because he'd been in Berlin so recently, I suppose my dad knew which items were in short supply and made up a package accordingly.

5a Kloster Strasse, Spandau - Berlin

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According to Google Earth, this is the place today. In December 1948 did Herman sit in one of these rooms writing a letter to his old pal back in England? A letter that I have in my possession today, here in Florida?

Looking at that building - then the letter right in front of me on my desk .... well, it gives me goosebumps.

Photograph is a screenshot from Google Earth.

Further reading

Read more about Berlin during and after the war. My dad says that he was astonished by the devastation when he arrived there. The roads had been cleared but the rubble had just been bulldozed to the sides. The Germans who worked with him were paid in coupons so that they could buy food at the British store; the currency was worthless. So much so that they would offer the equivalent of a week's wages just for one cigarette. Cigarettes were a form of currency; soldiers received two hundred free cigarettes every week and those who didn't smoke would barter them.

Another item that everyone wanted was coffee. Coffee beans were now freely available back in England so when soldiers received food parcels from home, their coffee was worth a fortune. Eric Jackson has written his autobiography which includes his wartime experiences.

Learn more here.

OK, we won. Now what?

Petrol in my Blood. Autobiography by Eric Jackson
Petrol in my Blood. Autobiography by Eric Jackson | Source

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @loopeylisa29: Hi Lisa,I doubt that the Herman my dad knew was your grandfather because of the year he was born.I always had the idea that the Herman by dad knew was about the same age (or just a bit older) than my dad who was born in 1924. Sadly, that would rule out his son, too. But if the son ended up in Berlin, he COULd possibly be the old man that my dd rescued from the Russian sector?But you could make enquiries about the residents of 5a Klosse Strasse. Best of luck with your search.

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      loopeylisa29 3 years ago

      Hello, by any chance was you Herman Bergmann my great great grandfather, i know little about him apart from he was born in germany around 1858, he apparently was interned on the ilse of wight during the war, he married ellen mccarthy and had two children hermann and mary, I'm desperaetly trying to find any information about him. many thanksLis

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @StThomasBoatRen: Thank you - he's certainly a bit of a nutcase :)

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      StThomasBoatRen 4 years ago

      Your dad is one courageous Sir!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @NoYouAreNot: Thank you so much!

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      NoYouAreNot 4 years ago

      As the story progressed, you had me hanging on your words.Your dad has been a hero (ok, a lesser one perhaps, but still a hero) for risking his life in this mission to save Lofty's dad.

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      k4shmir 4 years ago

      wow. nice lens and thanks for sharing.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      What an amazing tale. Congrats on your LOTD award, it was a pleasure to read, especially as a motorcycle enthusiast!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I love the adventure. You Dad is quite a daring man.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @weakbond: Thank you for dropping by!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @philipcaddick: Thank you!

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      You wrote that your dad wasn't a war hero, but he sure was a hero. He saved a man's life and that's the act of a hero in my eyes. Congrats on the LOTD

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice interesting lens about heroism and friendship , thanks for sharing

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      philipcaddick 4 years ago

      This is a very moving tale of friendship and courage. Your Dad was a hero of the true kind.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Titia: That's so nice of you Titia - thanks!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SavioC: Thank you so much!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @james g pete: Sounds like a great book - thanks for the recommendation.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Mary Stephenson: Thank you!

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      It was great to read about your dad and how he rescued Lofty's father. Congratulations on being LOTD.

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      james g pete 4 years ago

      There's a novel by Ian McEwan, The Innocent, that tells about how the Brits felt about the Americans and the Russians and the Germans. Good little story though about your father. That was an unexpected pleasure within these Squuidooish pages.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Congratulations! You have some wonderful pieces of history in your possession and I enjoyed reading about Lofty and your dad. :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @JRsFavoriteFinds: Thank you, I appreciate your comment!

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      JRsFavoriteFinds 4 years ago

      Great Lens. Congratulations on LoTD.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Ben Reed: Thank you very much!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Ash2013: Thank you!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      Congratulations of LoTD - well deserved.

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      Ash2013 4 years ago

      Congrats on LotD! Ash

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @vagatekeeper: What an astounding story! Especially as you have photographs of her writing them.

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      vagatekeeper 4 years ago

      Great story! Have similar letters and just this past summer,in an antique store, found 2 postcards written by my grandmother while she was visiting us France during the summer of 1950. It was shocking enough to find one (I even had photos of her writing those cards), I also have photos of me showing her the way to the post office to mail those same cards! And then we found a second postcard! Mailed to New Jersey. From France. Found 62 years later.

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      mdmozahid 4 years ago

      Interesting story

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you, I am still walking on air :)

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      KnitnPurlGirl 4 years ago

      A fascinating story and well deserving of LOTD! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MarcellaCarlton: I'm so glad that you enjoyed it.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Keith J Winter: I'm incredibly proud. Thanks so much!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Heather426: I've read it - it's excellent.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @getmoreinfo: Thank you so much - it certainly came as a surprise!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sybil watson: What a lovely thing to say Sybil - thank you so much!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Thank you very much!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MaggiePowell: Thank you for your lovely comment Maggie.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Remya16: Thank you for both :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi. Isn't it wonderful to think that I have that old letter here with me now in Florida? Quite amazing.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CrazyHomemaker: Thank you so much for dropping by. It's a lovely heartwarming story.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      This is a great lens, congratulations on Lens of the Day and winning the Pop Culture Club Quest. Very deserving!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @delia-delia: I'll certainly take a good look - thanks for letting me know.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you - it was such a surprise!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SBPI Inc: Thank you - I appreciate your visit.

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      Amazing story! Congratulations on your LOTD.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LUMOSE: Thank yo so much - it was a pleasure to write.

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      Congratulations on LOTD. What a great story! You must be very proud of your father for his courage and bravery. A genuine hero. Thanks for telling his story.

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wonderful story, wonderful Dad, wonderful lens. I wrote about my Dad in the wars too at My Dad, My Hero, if you feel like reading more about war hero dads.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Congratulations for winning the Pop Culture Club Quest

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Wow Brit, you certainly raised the standard for LOTD! This is a such a heartwarming story and you and your dad tell it so well. Congratulations!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      An amazing story. One well worth reading. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      Wonderful story. Your dad proves that heroism isn't always about being Rambo. My father's family was able to escape from East Germany just ahead of the Russian Army, but they could never have made it without help. Later ... and for years... our family sent care packages to those who were left behind. The gifts were treats like coffee, tea, sugar and maybe some chocolates. Sometimes money would be slipped into the packaging. Thank you for making my day.

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      Remya16 4 years ago

      I just have one word to say.Wow. And another word.Congrats!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Now your Dad's story is about as adventurous as any could be and how wonderful that this tribute to him has received LotD...I'm doing the dance of joy with you! I'm thinking your Dad made a true hero out of himself that day, I love his letter and the way he shared the stour and can imagine those at home hoping he didn't have anymore such missions. The letter from Lofty sure is the icing on top of the cake, what a history to share! :)

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Fantastic! Congrats on LOTD! This is a very inspiring lens. Very well written, too. This is one of those real-life stories that mesmerizes you. Thank you for sharing a part of history that was once unknown and now will be out there for the world to see. Amazing!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a great story!!! Thanks for sharing... I was born in Berlin and could visualize as you wrote. You might be interested in some of my lenses, although I never wrote about my father living in the UK for some of his education and also family there, he had a hard time during the war being half American (English and German) and his loyalty to them.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ChristyZ: Thank you Christy. I know what you mean. When I found that photograph on Google maps of the actual building where Herman had sat writing that letter - probably in circumstances of some privation - it was a chilling moment. Especially as I had the letter, now so old and faded, on the desk right in front of me.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Wonderful lens. Congratulations on LotD!

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Absolutely great.

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Great lens. Congratulations.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you Susan, I'm delighted!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @writerkath: Thank you. It makes my eyes water when I read it too. I think about Herman and what his life must have been like after the war. I don't know what it was that my dad sent to him at Christmas but it can't have been much - in the financial sense - and yet it obviously meant a lot to Herman.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Wow, what a story and you told it very well! I got chills when I was reading the letter...and then to see where it was written. Fantastic lens! Congratulations on LOTD, enjoy it! :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fascinating story and what a great piece of history. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fascinating story and what a great piece of history. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fascinating story and what a great piece of history. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @pawpaw911: Thank you. It's amazing that 'ordinary' people are heroes under the skin, isn't it?

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fascinating story and what a great piece of history. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Fascinating story and what a great piece of history. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Good morning! I loved this story! I agree with pawpaw911 below, that your father was indeed a hero, and a very brave man! What an absolutely beautiful story. It lit up my heart, and filled my eyes with tears as I read it. Congratulations on this very beautiful LoTD. Just beautiful!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Good morning! I loved this story! I agree with pawpaw911 below, that your father was indeed a hero, and a very brave man! What an absolutely beautiful story. It lit up my heart, and filled my eyes with tears as I read it. Congratulations on this very beautiful LoTD. Just beautiful!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Good morning! I loved this story! I agree with pawpaw911 below, that your father was indeed a hero, and a very brave man! What an absolutely beautiful story. It lit up my heart, and filled my eyes with tears as I read it. Congratulations on this very beautiful LoTD. Just beautiful!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. Humble private or not, your father was a hero, and we owe him and others like him a great debt. It took great courage for him to risk his life for another. That is what heroes do though, during war, or during peacetime. Congratulations on LOTD. Very well deserved.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Dressage Husband: Thank you! You know, it reminds me of the Great Escape too! That is one of my favorite films.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Rosetta Slone: Lots, I hope. It would be so sad if these stories were forgotten. It's so lovely that the two men retained their friendship, especially as they were former 'enemies'.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Meganhere: That's very nice of you - thanks!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Tim Bader: Oh you should, Tim. We should record these family stories - they are so interesting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congrats on the LotD... truly something beautiful and special.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @hmommers: Thanks so much! I'd love to visit the city.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @hmommers: Thanks so much! I'd love to visit the city.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @marktplaatsshop: Thank you! These old stories are so important aren't they?

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @marktplaatsshop: Thank you! These old stories are so important aren't they?

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @marktplaatsshop: Thank you! These old stories are so important aren't they?

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lgOlson: Thank you. Isn't it amazing the way that the world was so different for previous generations?

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you so much!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This made a very powerful story and what a great escape! Reminiscent of Steve McQueen's motorcycle antics in the Great Escape movie! Well done the LOTD

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      What an incredibly simple yet powerful story. I wonder how many other friendships were formed during the war and how many similar letters exist. Fascinating!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Great story Brit and congratulations on LOTD!It's so easy to think it's 'all in the past' and has no effect on us today, but really it wasn't that long ago.You're inspiring me to write my own family's story (been meaning to for ages), so thanks!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      What a fantastic lens! Very interesting and very moving. Well written too.

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      Your story grabbed me! What a brave thing of your father to do. There are several of these escape stories in the museum in Berlin. Is this one included?Berlin is such a fascinating city.Congratulations on the LotD. Well deserved :)

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD, great job, this generation is been truh a lot, we have to remember, thanks for sharing

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Gosh, that was great to read! What our parents, that whole generation, went through, what they were really like and felt is so important to remember. Thanks Brit, for sharing your Dads story. And congrats for a well deserved LOD.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great personal look at World War II. Thank you.