In honor of Veterans Day, we have a very special episode for you. After any war, including WWII, soldiers are often deeply haunted by what they saw and did during the war. American Don Malarkey and German Fritz Engelbert, both depicted in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers for fighting in one of the biggest military operations of all time, were no different. For 60 years, they held onto guilt and pain from WWII…until something happened that changed the rest of their lives and gave them peace.
Today I’m joined by Don’s daughter, Marianne, and Fritz’s sons, Matthias and Volker, to hear about an unlikely close friendship that is almost impossible for veterans who had seen each other as enemies for decades. I was blown away when I first heard their story!
- Why Don and Fritz each joined their country’s military in the 1940’s
- What D-Day and The Battle of the Bulge was like for both sides
- What led to an extremely unusual encounter 60 years after the war
- How that encounter totally changed their lives and the lives of their families
- How the book Saving My Enemy by Bob Welch, which details their story, came to be written
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