By Jacques Lusseyran
While Jacques Lusseyran was once an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was once blinded in an coincidence. He accomplished his education decided to take part on the planet round him. In 1941, while he was once seventeen, that international used to be Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran shaped a resistance workforce with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the simplest. finally, Lusseyran was once arrested and despatched to the Buchenwald focus camp in a shipping of 2 thousand resistance opponents. He used to be one in all in simple terms thirty from the delivery to outlive. His gripping tale is likely one of the strongest and insightful descriptions of residing and thriving with blindness, or certainly any problem, ever published.
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We got through to a small village on the east bank of the Oder. My driver, Volodia Koslov, found it easily. Suddenly several shells exploded quite close. We stopped next to a traffic controller. ’ asked Koslov. ‘From Ku¨strin,’ answered the girl. The enemy controlled a bridgehead on the east bank of the Oder with the town of Ku¨strin and its fortress. Several attempts to remove it had failed so far. It was not quite so simple to get to our bridgehead. At the beginning of February we had thrown several pontoon and shallow bridges of various carrying capacities over the Oder but, as a result of the artificially speeded up thawing of the ice and encroaching spring flooding, they had been swept away despite all the sappers’ efforts.
As always, the reconnaissance had the first word. Guards SergeantMajor Nikanorov, with the scouts Ivanov, Apanasiukov and Dobrovolski, offered to get into the building, whose occupants were giving the storm troops far too much to do. Covered by the ruins, the scouts forced their way into the building, fell on the occupants and silenced their strongpoint. Now the battalion’s tanks were able to proceed another 100 to 200 metres along Urbanstrasse. Nikanorov, who had just cleared the building of Fascists and then informed the riflemen, came across a tank from whose hatches smoke and flames were emerging.
The end was getting nearer and all further resistance was futile, but blind obedience and fanaticism had no limits. ’ Berlin was surrounded. From the north moved in the 2nd Guards Tank Army and the 3rd Shock Army, from the east the 11th Independent Tank Corps and the 5th Shock Army. In the west elements of the 47th Army and the 9th Guards Tank Corps took Nauen and on the 24th April connected with the 4th Guards Tank Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front breaking in from the south. In the south-east were fighting the 8th Guards Army and 1st Guards Tank Army, as well as the 3rd Guards Tank Army and the 28th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front, which were already in the city.