My maternal grandparents emigrated to the United States at the turn of the last century. My maternal grandmother had a son named George, my uncle. A bout with rheumatic fever as a child left him with a damaged heart. As a result, he was exempt from the draft during World War II. I had another Uncle Georg, the son of my grandmother's brother, Josef. They didn't emigrate to the United States until the late 1950's. Their son, Georg, was drafted into the German Army. He was killed by an aircraft strafing attack February 20, 1945, at the age of 17. All I have of him is a photograph of a wood cross with a name plate and German helmet resting on top. I recently received a reply from Berlin to my request for military information about Georg. The translation of the letter is as follows:
**"Dear Mr. Kover,
With reference to your enquiry of February 25, 2008, please be advised that your uncle, serviceman
Georg Manz, born July 28, 1927 in Backi-Brestowatz, County Hodschag, Yugoslavia,
member of Unit 1, SS Voluntary Armored Tank Division 31, was killed in action on February 20, 1945 in Radstadt-Mandling (Guard House No. 29), during a low-flying aircraft attack (shot to the head).
He found his last resting place in the cemetery in Radstadt, St. Johann District, in Pongau, Province of Salzburg, Austria (mass grave at the cemetery wall)"**
I wonder if anyone out there is familiar with this town and can give me information about the cemetery.
I am attaching a copy of the photo of the Austrian gravesite.
I can't help but wonder what it would have been like if my United States Uncle George had been drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Europe to possibly come face to face with my German Army Uncle Georg on the battlefield.