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Bildene på veggen

Av - 13.10.2011 07:00

Oldefar var både stram og stolt der han sto i sin korporalsuniform ved siden av kvinnen som den dagen ble hans kone. Bildet ble tatt bare noen dager før han ble sendt til fronten som tysk soldat en kald januardag i 1915 til den tysk-franske grense i regionen Elsass.

Han kom aldri tilbake.

Historiens skjebne ville at deres eneste sønn, som vokste opp i det nå franske Alsace, ble sendt ut i en ny krig, denne gangen den andre vegen en generasjon senere. Bildet av ham i kapteinsuniform ved siden av sin mor hang også der på veggen i den lille spisestua som et minne og bevis på at Europa hadde en blodig historie som dramatisk rammet de fleste familier på begge sider av de skiftende grensene.

Fra kampene i Normandie sommeren 1944, her Lonlay L'Abbaye (foto: PhotosNormandie, CC: by-nc-nd)


Sammen med millioner av andre hang bildene i små hus i Verdun, i Flandern, i Normandie, i Sussex eller i Hamburg. Nå er de vekk, erstattet av plakater og foto kjøpt på Ikea og hengt opp i det som nå er oldebarnas og barnabarnas feriehus. Som en historisk ironi eller skammelighet, alt ettersom, er det en fjern slektning av oldefar Fritz som bretter ut sin Baden-Baden-stol på Omaha Beach, der D-dagen i 1944 startet.

Slik har historien gått sin gang, men i et lyst øyeblikk, mens den 2. verdenskrig ennå pågikk, tenkte noen sterke, kommende politiske ledere høyt: Aldri mer. Aldri mer krig mellom Tyskland og Frankrike. Aldri mer krig i Europa.
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