I did not volunteer for the Waffen SS, but was, as were thousands of my year group, conscripted. I did not then know as a 17-year-old that it was a criminal unit. I thought it was an elite unit.
They may not be conscripted against their will as the foot soldiers in a federal crusade.
The mere dates of my existence do not interest me, except in one connection.
When the Great War started I was too old to be acceptable as a volunteer; when conscription followed I was too old to be conscripted.
Last Update: January, 2020