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A Holocaust Survivor and Special Forces Legend

Sidney Shachnow (Photo: flickr/us army john f kennedy)

After spending three years in a Nazi concentration camp, Sidney Shachnow later went on to serve as a top U.S. Army officer in Berlin at the end of the Cold War. Drew Brooks writes about his inspirational story.

In 1990, Maj. Gen. Shachnow was the commander of all American forces in Berlin when the Berlin Wall was toppled, near the end of the Soviet Union.

He told The Fayetteville Observer that the history of the moment was not lost on him.

“Here it is the very capital of fascism and the Third Reich. The very buildings and streets where they were goose-stepping and heil-Hitlering and the very system that put me in the camp and killed many people,” he said. “Here we are 40 some-odd years later, and I come back to be commander of American forces in that city and a Jew on top of that… It sort of adds insult to injury, doesn’t it?″

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