How it started...

In 1999, I drove down to Normandy with my wife for a weekend to visit my parents who were enjoying a two week holiday there. A visit to the local museum there changed my life. Sure a lot has been written about D-Day and the war itself. A lot of people can tell you, in great detail, what guns and ammo where used or what paths every Division and Unit took on their way to Germany. But back then not as much was known what it was for someone in their early 20’s to literally step into hell. So that stuck with me for about a year. I started gathering emails addresses (back then the guestbooks of WWII related sites were coming up) and I stopped when I reached 2000!

I sent them all an email about what my intention was. to build a website where they could share their stories. Sometimes it helps writing down your memories. I got 1980 replies... all from emails addresses that did not exist anymore. But then Ray Aebisher replied. An American Paratrooper F Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He wrote of course Frank I would be willing to share my story. And that was the first story on my website back in 2000. Thank you Ray for getting this project off the ground.

The website became a huge place of historic information. Every story holds valuable information about WWII. Every story has so much to offer to historians, teachers, history scholars and to everybody who wants to learn what WWII was like foe those who lived through it. The stories will remain as they were given to me as it is in the words of the veterans. I am grateful to each and every story that I have ever gotten. I have about 250 in total. All of whom will be featured on this new website in the coming time. I hope you like it. A salute to all the veterans and the people who lived, fought, suffered and died in WWII. We owe them our future and so much respect.

And thank you to my children and my family who support me by just being them. But the most thanks goes to my wife, Anyta. Who supports me in everything I try to do and who backs me up when I want to visit Normandy again or go to a concentration camp because I just want to be there for myself. Love you always!


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  • Ray Aebischer was the first veteran to contribute to my website back in 2001.
    Ray Aebischer was the first veteran to contribute to my website back in 2001.

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