My grandfather welcomed the Nazi troops to Misslitz in 1938, on a tribune erected in the town square, greeting them with the Hitler salute. This attempt at placating the troops wasn’t received well. He was subsequently deposed by the Nazi’s for not having been German enough. They found him to be too even handed with the non-German factions in our town, and the “German” Germans stepped in. My grandfather had to prove himself worthy of even holding a job at all, so he joined the Nazi party as a paying member, just in order to be allowed to take a job as the manager of a candy factory. Not really being a fan of Hitler, but unaware of the unspeakable things that would later be carried out in his name, my grandfather stepped down from all politics, detaching himself from Hitler throughout the rest of the war period.
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