Adolph Straka, born in Duplje, Slovenia, Feb. 27, 1925. Left when he was 17 to work in a steel mill in Mosham, Austria. He was conscripted into the German army in February 1943 and later that year was sent to Dijon, France. He was there for six months and then sent to the Eastern Front in Vitesbk. After a month of heavy fighting he was captured by the Russians and identified as a Yugoslavian, which not only meant he got better treatment than Germans, but after three day he joined the Soviets and fought with them until the end of the war as a tank driver and, later, a commander.
© Jonathan Alpeyrie