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Alfred: The Quiet History of a World War II Infantryman
October 16, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CDT
For 57 years, Alfred told his family had had been a barber, chauffeur, and translator in World War II. But following the death of his wife, Alfred quietly started sharing a glimpse into his actual experiences. His daughter first began capturing those fractions of stories on napkins during her weekly nursing home visits, which grew into a nearly two-decade deep dive into his true role in the war—a reluctant front-line machine gunner in Europe from 1944-1945. Intensely researched and thoroughly human, Alfred compiles a lifetime panorama of one infantryman who never wanted a part in war but accepted it. He returned home, discernibly the gentle Wisconsin farmer he was when he left, to a family unknowing what he had done and what he had survived.
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