World War II


WHEN MEMBERS of Germany’s second-richest family learned what their ancestors had done during World War II, they turned “white as a wall” and decided to donate more than $11 million to charity as penance.

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MY GRANDFATHER, George Charles Barger, was 21 years old in 1945 and awaiting transport to the Pacific at Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. On V-J Day on August 15, 1945, he and his shipmate had taken to the streets of San Francisco.