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What was it like for you?
April 3, 2011
3:27 pm
empirestate
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..during the war? During the war, I was very young. I lived in Norway with my parents. I was about 10 years old when the Germans took over Norway. Life wasn't so bad for us, because we were not Jewish or of a targeted minority. My father actually joined the German SS, and because of that, we lived a pretty lavish lifestyle. When the war ended, however, my father ended his own life to avoid being charged with treason. I moved to America and I was raised by my Grandmother there. What was it like for you? Were you in the US, or Europe, or Asia?

April 5, 2011
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That must have been a terrible situation for you. I was not alive during the war but finding out about this period has helped me to have a better understanding of my grandmother. She was a young adult in WWII, she lost 3 bothers and one other was terribly injured. So I can begin to imagine how she felt when her only son enlisted and served in the army in the latter part of the war, she was terrified. hen I as little we used to tease her for hoarding food, but having faced years of rationing I can understand why she did that.

April 6, 2011
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I could not imagine living in this time.  I feel for anyone who had bad experiences such as the ones listed above.  I am saddened that your father took his own life.  I am sure that was hard for you.

April 8, 2011
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My mother was very young during this time and what it did for her was give her a grand determination to get through hard times and be independent.

April 8, 2011
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My mother and father were young during the '40s and neither talked about it much.  I know it was difficult for my mother especiallly.  Her family was broken up and her brothers and sisters were adopted or lived in foster homes.  With the hardships of that time, I'm sure that made it even more difficult.

April 10, 2011
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Well, I was a youngster then but I do remember it. When I was 6 or 7, I would gather pop (soda) bottles and return them for the deposit. I would also split kindling wood and sell it to help my family. My father was a coal miner then and we lived in a house in the coal camps. Everything at the company store was expensive and we had to spend our "scrip" (wages in paper which was only recognized by the company you worked for) at the store so we were always scrimping and saving. We had to do without a great deal during those times. My Dad worked at the local movie theater also when he got off from his shift in the coal mine. He also grew a huge garden. I don't know how he found the time. He would dig up our garden with a regular shovel and then break it up with a mattock and a potato rake so we would have fresh vegetables to eat. We all worked during those times to get our family through.

April 11, 2011
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I was born in the late 50s so I have no first-hand experience, but I know that my father was "called up" to serve in the Canadian war effort, but excused because he was operating a farm. My parents definitely knew some rough times in their younger years.

April 25, 2011
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My mum was 9 when war was declared, so most of her teenage years were effected by the war. She said that it restricted her social life a lot, her parents would not let her out in the very dark streets to go to any social events, and they had a lot of GIs in the town and they didn't have a good reputation with the locals.

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