In New Hampshire: an Unusual Reunion

Wars look better after 40 years, when the old men who were soldiers forget how frightened they were. Perhaps it is merely that survival itself takes on a golden haze: we were being shot at, but we were young, and the bullets missed. Even so, it seems strange that anyone would look back fondly at time spent as prisoner or guard in a military prison.

"Why would they do this for us?" wondered Gerhardt Clauss, 61, a former German infantryman who was seeing the tiny north-woods town of Stark, N.H., for the first time since 1946. Clauss, now a prosperous businessman...

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