Monday, September 18, 2006

Our Guest Speaker

I found this on LVC website

Schulz was 10 years old when Hitler came to power in the early 1930s, and by 1936, all German young people were required to join the Hitler Jugend, the name for all the youth organizations of the Third Reich. The various groups had nine million members by 1939.

Influenced by the Nazi propaganda machine, Schulz volunteered at age18 for service in the German army. After being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, Schulz lay paralyzed for two months, and when he recovered, he was sent back to the front. When his unit ran out of food and ammunition, Schulz and his comrades followed their officer under a tattered white banner to surrender to U.S. soldiers. The Americans treated him well, and Schulz determined to live in America one day.

After 18 months as a prisoner of war, he was released. His homeland, East Prussia, no longer existed; it had become part of the Soviet Union. Schulz’s parents had been given 48 hours to leave, and they joined many other refugees from the East into a diminished Germany. In the 1950s Schulz finally got his chance to come to America. He, his wife, and his 8-year-old daughter came to Pennsylvania. None of them knew a word of English, but they learned quickly, and after getting a degree from Millersville University, Schulz became a German teacher in various high schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania.


thisisnotathens said...

hi, just curious if you could post a link.

jamie s said...

that was on some message board-campus event type things for when he was speaking at LVC, there wasnt any other info.

Elle said...

I am curious...What exactly are we discussing? You have only stated facts, where is the controversy?

jamie s said...

no, no controversy, I posted this before he came to speak for anyone who wanted to know some background information