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as sill as I could," Hart
The two soldiers never spotted Hart.
The next morning, Hart ran from warehouse to warehouse, hoping to
keep from being spotted and get back to American troops.
He was spotted by he Germans.
"I'm wounded," Hart said he told the Germans, who seemed to
understand what he was saying.
They brought him to a German colonel.
Hart said he remembered a sarcastic remark made by the officer.
"He said, 'Nice Christmas ja?' I said ja back," Hart said.
For nearly six
months Hart and another American soldier remained prisoners of war.
He said both men remained determined to escape.
"I wouldn't say we were happy, but we tried to make the best of the
situation," Hart recalled."
He tried to escape once, but after three days of running lost in a
forest, he was recaptured by Germans as he tried to steal potatoes and
carrots for food.
Finally, in the spring, he said another soldier managed to escape
just days before Germany surrendered May 6, 1945.
"The war was ending, so by this time American troops were really
feared by the Germans," Hart said.
He remembered running into a
German officer riding in a
vehicle as he and his buddy looked for friendly troops.
"I asked him if I could have his gun, I don't know why, but he gave
it to me," Hart said.
Finally Hart reached safety and eventually returned home to the
"That was enough for me. Four years was long enough," Hart
Those years as a paratrooper, and then his time as a prisoner of
war will never be forgotten, Hart said.
"Sometimes I get confused and don't remember all the details, but
I'll never forget everything," Hart said, "I saw too much to forget