European veterans of the second World War: reconciliation

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

South American photographer Jonathan Alpeyri izderzhal year the shooting of Veterans 2nd World War. Participants of the project are its including veterans of the Wehrmacht and other Nazi connections in Europe. Many of them admitted that for the first time since 1945 donned their combat service.

Curiously, Jonathan — half Russian (by the Pope, his mother a Spaniard). He was born in 1979 in Paris, but the boys moved to the Pope in the United States. Alpeyri chosen profession Photographer hot points. He visited the rebel Subcomandante Marcos in the Mexican state of Chiapas and the Maoists in Nepal, photographed endless tribal conflicts in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the Congo. Obviously, they have not gone unnoticed by the conflicts in the Caucasus — South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

The experience of front-line photographer permitted him to construct why he took up the "civil" shooting veterans: "The compromise — the best way to make progress, not only in the military, and the political sphere. If you manage to reconcile the warring parties veterans once, then it will be easier to make the politicians. "

Alpeyri photographed 92 veterans in 19 countries. But his project lasts to this day. "Right at the moment I am in contact with the Serbs, Bosnians, Uzbeks, Balts, Finns, Chinese and Japanese. The coming goal — to 100 veterans from 25 countries in the world, "- he reports.

Blog Interpreter of a photograph of some veterans with their short biographies.

Photo above: The Norwegian Bjorn Ostring was born September 17, 1923. In 1934, he joined the youth section of the Norwegian fascist party Quisling. When the Germans invaded, he participated in the defense of the country. But then in the spring of 1941, joined the Wehrmacht. In January 1942, he was sent near Leningrad, where he was part of the lost half of the composition in heavy fighting. Ultimately Quisling of Norway withdrew back into the country. On his return he entered the service Ostring security Quisling. After the war, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison for municipal treason, but was released in 1949.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Carl Ulber was born in Vienna May 28, 1923. Was drafted into the Wehrmacht in October 1941 and was trained at the Marine. Ulber arrived on the Eastern Front in October 1942 to deal with the guerrillas in the Smolensk region. In March 1943, his regiment was directed to the front. He also participated in the battles in France and Italy, before being captured in 1945. Ulber was released from the camp in March 1946, and returned to Vienna.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Mrav Hakobyan, Armenian, who fought in the Battle of Stalingrad. In the melee Teuton entrenching shovel hurt his arm, which had to be cut off.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Fernand Kayzergruber was born in Antwerp, Belgium, January 18, 1923. In his youth, he joined the Belgian fascist party Rexist. After the German invasion of Belgium in May 1940, he voluntarily went to Germany and worked at the factory in Cologne. Joined the German army in September 1941 and went to the Russian front in June 1942, where he remained until November of the same year. After heavy fighting on the eastern front of it was diverted to Germany. Kayzergruber returned to Russia in July 1943 as part of the Waffen-SS. During the retreat, in February 1944, he was wounded twice and broke his leg. After that Kayzegruber was discharged.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Bokobza Daniel was born March 22, 1924 in Tunis. Was drafted into the French army in October 1943. Arrived in England in July 1944, and after a few days sent to Normandy. He took part in the fighting in the Vosges region, earning the Military Cross for his role in the capture of 200 Germans. Demobilized in October 1945.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Israel Badger was born on March 1, 1919 in the town of Kremenchug in the Ukraine. His family moved to Moscow, where he graduated from high school and then worked at the car. In autumn 1939 he was drafted into the Army reddish, where he became a political officer. In the war came in the Ukraine, and when its commander was killed by a sniper's bullet, Badger began to manage the battalion. He was wounded in September 1941 and spent four months in the clinic. After his discharge was found worthless to the service, but he assured the authorities to send him back to front. Badger was eventually transferred to the training part of a slightly bitter, where he stayed until the end of 1942. Later he was transferred to Moscow to keep control of the supply of armored forces. He left the Soviet Union to the United States in 1985.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Giovanni Doretta was born March 14, 1921 in a family of Italians living in Paris. He lived in the town until 1935, when his ancestors came back to Italy to work on the home farm. He was drafted into the Italian army January 21, 1941 and received training in the elite division of Alpini Cuneense. In August 1942, his unit was focused on the Russian front in the Ukraine. He participated in the battle of Stalingrad. Doretta recalls that the Italians fought wars in strshny frost in the narrow uniform. January 27, 1943 surrendered. The prisoners were put on a train to the Urals, and during their trip was an outbreak of typhoid fever. In place of the live fighter arrived only 10 of the 80. Then it was oriented to Moscow to work in a factory. Later became a guard German prisoners of war. He was r
epatriated to Italy April 1, 1946.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Lavika Blindheym born 29 August 1916 in the Norwegian town of Voss. At the time of the invasion of the German army infantry officer went on. In 1941, he decided to get into the UK. To do this, he made an epic journey: first came to Stockholm, then to Moscow, Odessa, and then — in Tehran, Basra and Bombay. From there, after all, he arrived in Glasgow, Scotland. He was interrogated by British intelligence, and then focused in London, where he trained at the saboteur. Then In April 1942 Blindheyn was parachuted into Norway, where he organized a resistance group and stayed in it until the end of the war.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Eugeniusz Witt was born on March 6, 1922 in the town of Baranovichi in Poland. His father was an officer in the Polish army, and after the invasion of the Germans in 1939, Witt him never beheld. He and his mother were taken to a labor camp in the town of Bijsk in Altai, where Witt began working as a carpenter. In 1941, he was released and joined the Polish army Anders. Witt received training in Uzbekistan, and then was deported to Iran, where the Polish army was armed and reorganized the British. In March 1943, he arrived in Glasgow, Scotland. There, he was trained at a radio operator, and by the end of the war Witt produced radio between the British and the underground in Poland. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1948.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Adolf Straka was born in Slovenia, February 27, 1925. In 17 years, went to work on the steel mill in Austria. Was drafted into the German army in February 1943 and sent to serve in the French Dijon. Straka stayed there for 6 months, and the winter of 1944 sent to the Eastern Front in the district of Vitebsk. After months of languishing fighting was captured by the Russian. In the Soviet Union joined the captives formed from parts of the Yugoslavs, within which fought against the Germans before the end of the war.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Ernst Gottsheteyn was born July 3, 1922 in the town of Shraybendorf Sudetenland (now a part of the Czech Republic). Autumn 1941 , he volunteered in the Wehrmacht. Waged war on the Eastern Front in December 1941, was wounded near Moscow. On healing Gottshteyna sent to Vienna. Then he got on the African front. Was again wounded — now in Tunisia. Evacuated to Berlin, then to Denmark. Waged war in northern France.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Drossler Herbert, born 24 November 1925 in Thuringia, Germany. He was drafted into the German army in the 21st Panzer Division Rommel. Drossler in France, and took part in the defense of Normandy, from the Anglo-American forces. In August 1944, the Americans took him prisoner. Initially, he was in a POW camp in Audrieux, but later was transferred to work on a farm near Caen. He worked there for another 5 years before the release. Drossler did not vorachivatsya in Germany, as his hometown was part of East Germany. In 1961, he received French citizenship and continues to live in this country.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Milivoje Borosh was born in the Croatian Zagreb September 11, 1920. He was trained as a pilot in the Yugoslav flight school. After the defeat of Yugoslavia was drafted into the German Luftwaffe. On the Eastern Front, he was in December 1941. In June 1942, he and two of his teammates on the Russian Luftwaffe bomber planted in the rear of the Red Army. He was taken prisoner, and even spent a few days in the Lubyanka bullpen. In December 1943 Borosh been focused on the service in the area formed by the USSR Yugoslav connection. Until the end of the war he waged war on the Russian bombers. Returned to Yugoslavia in April 1946.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Thomas Gilze. He was born on December 5, 1920 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He volunteered in engineering units, became a sapper. After a little stay in Egypt, he was sent to Benghazi, Libya. When Rommel's troops attacked his regiment, they were obliged to move away, but even earlier Gilze and other blasters left at the booby-traps. The building then exploded, buried under the debris of many German officers. Gilze endured seven months of the siege of Tobruk. Then he was sent to Burma. Gilze had time to do some fighting in Europe — in 1945 in Belgium and the Netherlands.

European veterans of the Second World War: reconciliation

Jean Mathieu was born on August 7, 1923 in the French Alsace. When the Germans occupied the region, he was sent to a labor camp in northern Bavaria. In January 1943, he was drafted into the German infantry division, but Mathieu deliberately spilled boiling milk on foot. This allowed him to get a reprieve for 6 months. Then he went to serve in the German navy as a member of the crew of torpedo boats, in June 1944 year was transferred to the Coast Guard. After the Allied invasion of Normandy, it was planned to transfer to the Eastern Front, but Mathieu deserted and hid in the French town of Lapoutroie until December 1944, then joined the Free French Forces.

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