A while ago I wrote a post on my grandfathers captivity as P.O.W.s in Germany and their eventual liberation by Patton’s 3rd Army. To the amazement of my father and I, another descendant of a Murna P.O.W. in Australia sent us a link to a YouTube video about Murnau. The video consists of film footage by the U.S. Army as they are liberating the town and P.O.W. camp in 1945. It’s possible that some of the photos that I’ve seen of the liberation were taken from this film or perhaps the cameraman also had a still camera, since some are from the same vantage point.
I already feel lucky to have seen photos of the liberation of Murnau and to have a fairly deep understanding of what my grandfathers went through. Seeing the film adds a brand new perspective on the event and a greater appreciation for what happened. For me it’s a priceless window into the past.