Memories of Wold War II

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 22
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneer
Publisher Snow College
Date 1990
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Memories of Wold War II
Description thore was always the possibility that the whole division would be moved to the Pacific theater. Host of us tried to learn a little German at every location, and some G. I.'s would reciprocate by teaching Austrian hausfraus some of their G. I. language. For example, it wasn't unusual to walk around a mountain town and hear an Austrian woman greet her neighbor with "Guten inorgan, son-om-bitch." We didn't fully realize in the Tirol the sad plight of Austria after the war. Out in the country, people had enough to eat, and their clothing (leder-hosen and dirndls) were of such durable leather and wool thr' they seldom needed nei; clothes. It was a different matter in the cities, especially in Vienna. For example] we lived in high-rise apartments next door to an old mansion that was converted into our regimental mess hall. At our first meal after arriving in Vienna, our regular G. I. cooks prepared our mostly dehydrated food. It was hardly fit to eat, so we carried most of it out front to dump in the garbage cans, but very little of it got there. There were alnost as nany civilians there holding out empty cans, dishes, and even their hands begging for whatever we hadn't eaten. Their clothes were ragged and they were obviously half-starved. A feu days later our food was suddenly very good. Austrian women had pled for the chance to cook for us and all they wanted was food for ther-selves and any left-overs we would give then. Our cooks did very little cooking from then on, and though the food was quite palatable as prepared by the Austrians, we all managed to save some for the waiting line in front of the mess hall. Me were et first critical of this defeated people because we felt sure many of them were dedicated Nazis, but we couldn't keep that viewpoint for long. Many of them were literally starving, and most of the children were seriously undernourished, too. Their husbands and sons and boyfriends were either dead or in prison camps, and many of them would never get back 66
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 22
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323808
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