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My Grandfather’s Story during World War 2

My Grandfather's Story during World War 2

I was born in a very poor area in Romania, on the first of October 1931, and that was in the house of my grandfather from my father. The brutality and ignorance of some people which led them to arm some nations which led to the beginning of the greatest calamity of mankind World War II A war that left behind more than 70 million dead and great destruction of economic goals and material goods The social, political and economic situation of my childhood was also full of problems and shortcomings of all kinds The living conditions were very difficult

My Grandfather’s Story during World War 2

and I felt in the early years my parents worked hard to survive and raise their children in the early years of my life I grew up in extreme poverty and we were deprived of food, clothes and shoes I was learning well in school, but I didn’t have time to play, because I was growing up My four-year-old sisters and that is why I had to help my parents constantly . I worked in the fields and tended the livestock and walked hundreds of meters to the nearest fountain to fetch water.

During my childhood I did not benefit from any game! I seldom improvise something with other children We made something like a ball of leather and fabric together and seldom played with it outside the labor and hardship prison war broke out but my country was neutral… It was difficult but… Like others in our situation… We used to Therefore, we did not know that our situation would become more difficult. The only joy in 1941 was that I had successfully graduated from the third grade and that I had more free time in the summer, but this big problem could not be forgotten.

This problem began on June 22, 1941 when Romania entered the war with Germany against Soviet Union that day I was herding cattle on a hill near my village, it was a hot afternoon and the smell of grass was pleasant Suddenly, from afar, the church bells in my village started ringing loudly around 4 pm I didn’t understand what was happening at that time

when I entered the village… People started talking. Old women started crying and wailing. The atmosphere changed drastically and I was confused. Then… I found out that Romania had entered the war and a decree of general mobilization was issued from the next day.

The people… were very sad because they knew That most young people who are over the age of Rihm about 18 years old will be called up to war My parents didn’t know how to explain the situation to me I asked: “Why should people go to war ” and die?” All they told me was: “This is what the government decided later, when I grew up, I realized the political situation in this aspect.” From Europe and that most of the countries centered between Germany and the Soviet Union were suffering greatly the two great aggressors carried on Finland individually or together

and wiped Poland and the Baltic states from the map Divided Czechoslovakia and destroyed Yugoslavia Romania could not survive and under the threat of invasion lost territory for both sides The new government agreed, under the threat of siege On entering the war to take back the eastern lands, at least, that was the pretext of the war ,

the soldiers began to come into the village and began to recruit young men, it was a horrible atmosphere, it was a sad one, full of worries and tears I saw the widows of the First World War who had to send their children to war without knowing what If they will see them again 1942

The life of the people in my country and the life of my family became more difficult All that was produced in a country that was torn and weak economically that had to be used for war was applied Military rule and everyone who did not submit to the war effort was taken to the military court The peasants including my family were forcibly forced to provide their oxen, horses, cows and other good things. There were nights when I didn’t have enough food and I couldn’t wait to fall asleep…

so that I’m hungry We didn’t have electricity then and there wasn’t even a gas lamp… In the evening we lit the house with a lamp based on lard and fat this year, my father was also called to war in the artillery regiment. I remember that the military command passed through our village where I stayed for a night and a day with all the military equipment.

We depended on horses and carts in most cases to move around and it was rare to use the railways because the bombardment was too intense. So… we separated from my father… who was advancing. We were the only ones left.

Me, my mother, my younger brothers and my younger sister had to constantly work in the field and tend livestock to help my family survive. The father had to fight on the Eastern Front until 1944 where he was in charge of logistics, transporting ammunition and food for soldiers I still had to go to school and I graduated class Fifth year 1943 I continued studying and working.

The days were long and exhausting… I was constantly thinking about my father, whom I had not seen for more than a year, and I was wondering if he would return because I loved learning at school.

My teacher wanted me to continue my studies in the summer. My teacher came to our house to try To get my mother to agree that I go to the Military Technical High School in Sibiu, in a city 100 miles away , that was bad news for my mother, because I was the only person she relied on for her daily work with tears in my eyes. Ha, she agreed to let me learn away…

I wanted to go, but I was sad I knew I had to do something with my life but for that I had to leave my mother alone for a while I went on my way and I was in all the pain while I was in That school the next year,

I remember the sirens could be heard at night for fear of the bombing of the cities, the officials would wake all the children up from sleep and put them to sit in the trenches of the backyard while I was there, I was looking above the nights were cold, the sky was full of stars I managed From coming home on vacation and in the summer of 1944,

I was glad to have received some very good news that my father had returned from the front safely and unharmed and was left to go home and after another year the war ended Although this was great news,

poverty It is still rampant, and for many families, including mine the situation became more difficult in the coming years Communist rule was installed here with tanks and brute force… In the ensuing years many liberties and rights were banned people were afraid to discuss political news and those who live In rural areas including us,

they had to hand most of the animals and goods to the state for them to be a part of the collective order scheme I focused on becoming an officer in the army

and had a good career I’m a retired colonel now but in addition to my career I learned as much as I could and became passionate about history Although most of the textbooks were mere propaganda for the state as the government at the time did not allow opposing ideas I was able to study the past from old hidden books and other items sold on the black market I am proud of what I have accomplished in my life even if it is difficult,

I must People today are learning from the difficult past and the mistakes of history, this is the only way we can progress just by thinking about the sacrifice and suffering of some and the fact that many of us did not have electricity, food or any form of stability at that time just remember and know this… We can only appreciate and preserve what we have today in this way .

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