by Mort Ehudin
This man told me that he was 15 years-old in 1945 when the Russian army was closing in on the center of Berlin. He and his 16 year-old cousin were given Panzerfausten (anti-tank bazookas) and ordered to the outskirts of the city to join in the battle. Instead, they ditched their weapons and hid out in his aunt's cellar. When he was 18, he got an apprenticeship at a beer brewery and worked there for 45 years, until he retired. His wife passed away 8 years ago, but he has friends and family in Berlin and life is good.