March 30th, 1943



I think I may have narrowly escaped death. A few weeks ago, I received word that I was to join the anti-tank division of the German regular army. I am an adult now and no longer part of the German youth army. I returned to Berlin to begin my training as part of this anti-tank division. I knew that I would be sent to Russia and I feared I would not survive the war. However, only this morning, a recruiter for the Navy arrived at our base. He needs men to join the Navy who are engineers and mechanics. They have enough barbers and salesmen, now they need men with technological training. Thank God for my background. I volunteered at once and have been spared a future in Russia. A few of my friends volunteered for service as well. We leave in the morning for Königsberg, a city in Prussia near the Russian border. At least it is not in Russia itself.



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