|We received word on May 1 that Adolf Hitler
was dead. He had committed suicide. All kinds of thoughts went through
my mind, including what I would have done had I gotten my hands
on him. I'm sure the other men had similar thoughts. Fighting Krauts
for months in the cold, living in rain-filled holes, and seeing
so much death—well, it kind of got to me after a while. If
Hitler was dead and the Krauts were retreating, then the surrender
couldn't be far off, could it?