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Dachau 70 years later: The nexus of revulsion and revenge

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I now knew that for 67 years, the uncharacteristically violent actions of this uncommonly gentle man had only multiplied the horror of what he'd seen, because he had become a participant in it.

Of course, most of us would have done the same thing. But leaving hell with Satan's blood on our hands makes us the Devil's kin, even if it's as distant cousins. It means we've surrendered to the very hate that so repulsed us in the first place.

While he never said so, I can't help but believe that this nexus of revulsion and revenge triggered something unrecognizable, something uncontrollable, in Grandpa, and it frightened him still.

Grandpa Ritz died last February, mostly from a broken heart after the death of Grandma Ritz four months earlier. What I pray is that he died knowing he was nothing like the Germans who acted as Satan's lackeys at Dachau. If he had been like them, he wouldn't have shot them, because he wouldn't have given a damn.

Grandpa Ritz always gave a damn. It's why I loved him so much.

It's also why he was, and always will be, my hero.

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