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The little boy saved them :o)

Updated on April 15, 2008

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

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Hi Sweetie...what is going on here? 3 hits on this today...people must be bored?

      But yes it is true what you say and never more so then now I am thinking..Lurve you Moreeee G-Ma :O) Hugs

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Another inspiring and hearf-warming story G-Ma. Truly, the goodness of man shines through even in darkest times like wars. Thanks for sharing! Lurve ya :D

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thank you my dear...and I totally agree...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      G-Ma, I'm so glad you shared the story you heard around the table with family and friends. Real stories like this are better than anything you'll ever read in a history book!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well thank you...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      LAmatadora 8 years ago

      This was absolutely wonderful story! I hope that made an impact on the people who were shamed by the young boy. And I am sure the two youngmen who barely escaped death remembered that young boy who saved them. What a story!!!! THANKS G-MA for sharing such a good account!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thanks to the last four of you for your comments....I have been gone for awhile....but by the Grace of God I am back G-Ma :o) hugs

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Courage in times of war is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing this story of the heart.

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Very inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

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      charmaine_zp 9 years ago

      Great story.. children have more wisdom, now do they? Hehe.. thanks G-Ma!

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      very inspiring, great story. Thanks for sharing.. :)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      yes my dear you are so right...the women are not forgotten believe me..At first I thought maybe this was not a good story because it seemed the same one but differently has been told...but decided it must be a famous WW II story told by many in many ways..Thanks for your comment G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Jenevieve 9 years ago

      Don't forget the girls who need to come home too! They are not in the front line, but its still quite an experience for the female veterans**just the same. Great story and this is a great reminder of just how capable children really are! Jenevieve

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      You are so right my dear..doesn't matter who tells it...or if it is told in many ways the point is "the value of a human life"and I thank you for reminding me about that...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Rob Jundt 9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Great story. Isn't it revealing to us how we learn from our children? This proves the point that people become what they've been taught. Obviously, someone explained to this young German youth the intrinsic value of all human life. Thanks for the story.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      rmr...we were typing at the same moments :o)..Thank you dear for your comments and yes we as adults seem to forget that...maybe that is why we love children so much..as I've said before ...we teach them how to be safe and wise and they remind us of how to be true and innocent again..Maybe this is the plan??? G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      MM Del Rosario..actually most little ones can be very courageous..been thinking about Dog House's comment ..and seems like this may be a fav wwII story told in different ways? I do realize from being with my mom so much (she's 88) older folks do get things turned around :o)  At any rate thank you for your comment as always G-Ma :o) hugs

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      rmr 9 years ago from Livonia, MI

      That was a beautiful story! We work so hard to teach children these rules, but sometimes we forget them ourselves.

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      hi G-Ma,

      thanks for sharing this inspiring story... courageous boy...

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      In The doghouser wow..I wonder if this is just that a WW II story told by different people? How interesting..not being around then and all...different stories have been known to come out like this. wish we could find out? Memories memories.Thanks for the comment G-Ma :o) hugs

      jezzbb..Thanks for your comment also...yes it certainly was if it is true???G-Ma :o) hugs

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      G-Ma,

      This is a very interesting story, indeed. I am feeling really amazed after reading it because it is the exact story of an incident that happened to my mothers cousin during WWII, however he was the pilot. I have read his history and it fits this same scenario perfectly, the only difference was he was an American pilot not British. He was grateful for the opportunity to become a prisoner of war because the towns people truly came with their pitchforks etc. to kill him. Pretty amazing story to say the least, wouldn't it be interesting if they were the same story! Thanks for the Hub.

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      Jess Ba-ad 9 years ago from Philippines

      How inspiring! It takes soooooo much courage to do that act.

      Thanks for sharing G-Ma.