The little boy saved them :o)
When my son was an exchange student a few years ago now he made many friends .And some were from Germany (as is my son-in-law) and our family history goes back to Germany..So it was a delight when some of his friends came to visit here in the USA .
They live in a part of Germany a small industrial area ? I forget the name though, but it had suffered bombings in WW two. One evening after having our dinner and we were sitting around the table chatting..my daughter, who is a school teacher asked the youngest of their children if they had any special stories to tell?
Well he told us a story that his grandpa actually did during htis time: It went something like this:
He had seen two airmen parachuting out of an enemy plane, that was shot down. Like many of the towns people he too ran to the city central to wait for the police to come around with the prisoners of war. The two police showed up with two British airmen about 19 and 20 years old.
The crowd that had gathered were very angry and were shouting "Kill them Kill them!" They were very upset about the bombing of their city by the British and their allies. And had shovels, pitchforks, racks and other gardening tools with them, and were very strong in numbers. And the two police really could not have stopped them, but the boys granddad( who was then around 14) ran in between the crowd and the two prisoners who were looking very frightened and afraid. And yelled STOP ! !
The crowd not wanting to hurt the little boy held back for a few moments to hear him say: "Please look at these boys they are very young and just doing what your sons are doing...fighting for their country, if your sons were to become prisoners and shot down in a foreign land would you want them to be killed? Would you want these people to kill your sons? Please don't hurt these boys."
As the town's people listened in shame and amazement, a woman shouted out "It took a little boy to tell us what is right and what is wrong". He said the crowd began to disperse from the area.
Their Grandpa said he would never forget the look in the two prisoners eyes and the sighs of relief and gratitude on their faces and he often wondered if they lived long lives and had remembered the little boy that saved them?
Hoping I got this story right and a reminder of our own boys right now in the same position of WAR..Prayers and more prayers to bring them home...G-Ma :o) hugs