Nancy LaRiviere’s commemorative skydive over Nijmegen near the spot her father jumped on September 17, 1944.
Bernard Cheney liberated Wobbelin Concentration Camp on his 21st Birthday in May, 1945. On his 88th birthday, we arrived at Wobbelin, at the Memorial to those murdered at the camp, allowing Cheney to pay his respects. He remarked “I think about those poor people every day. They were walking skeletons.”
Bill Hannigan shares the story of holding a dying young soldier in his arms after the Waals River crossing in 1944. The young man, John Rigapoulos, was the uncle of another traveler. Both paid their respects at his grave in Margraten.
At the ABMC Cemetery in Margraten, Dutch school children on a field trip rush to talk with our WWII Veterans, and thank them for liberating their grandparents and their country.
Local Dutch media turn out to interview Maggie and his men, running feature stories in the next day’s newspapers.
Maggie retraces his steps in the Ardennes where he fearlessly climbed a German Panzer tank and tossed a grenade in. His men remark that they don’t know how he survived.
We meet French WWII Veterans at the Wannsee Conference Center, site of the meeting where “The Final Solution” document was crafted by Hitler and his top command.