Strangers become friends

Strangers become friends

 

The ami senn do!

At the beginning, everyday life for the inhabitants of the small town was marked by fear, but also by hatred towards the newcomers. After all, in addition to the eternal slogans of perseverance, the population was always given hope of "final victory" made. Now, however, there was a curfew and all existing weapons had to be handed in (some buried their pistols and rifles in the garden or threw them into the river aurach), and cameras were also confiscated.
In addition, at the beginning there was a curfew after sunset and no more than two or three people were allowed to stand together; the fear of conspiracy was great among the americans.
The occupiers actually behaved like the victors in the first few days. Many inventories were destroyed; it was painful to see the city museum's holdings plundered. "What do they want with knight's armor and sabers or swords from the town museum, why do they smash the fire department teams together with the fire engine??"
Anger and fear coupled with uncertainty and the anxious question: how is this going to continue or end?? After the first days of total insecurity, child-friendly U.S. Soldiers occasionally threw candy, even chocolate, packed in tin cans, or "salzige platzli" (salty squares) (crackers) from their jeeps. But what to do with the silver dark stripes on which are written the incomprehensible words "chewing gum"? Stood?
But soon resourceful "german boys" found out that you can make these strips (without paper!) "kaia (chew) must, as the amis did also. And for some adults it was like a holiday when ami cigarettes flew out of a jeep onto the street, because tobacco or cigarettes had become scarce since the outbreak of the war.
Conclusion: after some time the people of herzogenaurach and also the occupiers became more "trusting". The children climbed on the tanks, now and then cans were thrown with the inscriptions "corned beef". And because the cans were sealed and the americans made bread from their contents, these "strange sausages" could be eaten not poisoned at all, as nazi propaganda had proclaimed. Nevertheless, one family of a six-year-old girl with blond hair did not dare at first to eat the grilled rooster that passing U.S. Soldiers had put in her skirt.

The ami stay doo!

That the occupiers (the officers!) the few burgerhauser occupied, in which there was running water, a bath and even a WC with running water, hurt indeed, but soon industrious herzogenauracher housewives found employment as washerwomen or bugler with the americans (the non-commissioned officers and officers attached importance to "sharp" (the angels were supplied with everything from fine-smelling soap to alcoholic beverages such as gin or whiskey, cigarettes, coffee beans, and foodstuffs).
And when, after a few weeks, the empty barracks at the airfield were occupied by the americans, herzogenaurach craftsmen also found rewarding employment up there "on the base" as the airfield was now called.
And in the 60s and 70s they had finally got used to each other. The exit restrictions for the soldiers were lifted. U.S. Soldiers were often seen in the city, especially in the inns.

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