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I remember it clearly It was a cold winter night near the end of December After losing a basketball game for the ninth time of the season I had finally lost all hope and given up Stomping up the stairs towards couch I was trailed closely by my grandfather some five minutes later My stubborn attitude and selfish manner forced me to tell my loving grandfather to go away because of the fact that I did not want to hear his sanctimonious platitudes Knowing I was always right and thinking that would never change I never paid any attention to what others had on their minds He hastily responded You know Pop-Pop will always love you Ignoring my grandfather he decided to share a story that would forever change my perception about life as well as my attitude and overall personality As his old and paw-like hand crept around my minute shoulders he started his story After landing in Germany with rest of the 91st Airborne we made our way towards Birkenau my grandfather began While he continued the story I discovered the misfortune of the Jews at the death camp Birkenau Although Americans were dying in great numbers as they marched in to central Germany more and more Jews were liberated My ambitious grandfather told me that during this campaign 83 of the 110 troops of his division had perished or disappeared the 27 remaining troops made their way closer to Birkenau until surrounding it Shortly after ten minutes of bullets whizzing by and horrid screams of the wounded had ceased the miniature battle ended My grandfather and his troops secured the grounds and rescued all of the remaining forces Even faced with tremendous adversity I never gave up or ever took on a pessimistic attitude Remember this story and you will have a whole new perspective on life I promise you Thinking about this courageous story I realized my stubbornness and how self-centered
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