Henri Salmide, German officer who saved Bordeaux's port, dies

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    Interesting he remained in France and became a French citizen, I doubt he felt he could go back home. R.I.P. Mr. Salmide, you deserve your place of honor.

    German Officer Who Defied Nazi Orders Dies - CBS News

    German Officer Who Defied Nazi Orders Dies
    Soldier Blew Up Munitions Depot Instead of Destroying Bordeaux Port

    Henri Salmide, a former German officer who helped save Bordeaux's port from destruction by Nazi forces in World War II has died. (AP Photo)
    (AP) A former German officer who helped save Bordeaux's port from destruction by Nazi forces in World War II has died.

    Henri Salmide, born Heinz Stahlschmidt, died Tuesday at the age of 92, said the deputy mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Moga.

    The Germans had a plan to blow up the Bordeaux port before they retreated toward the end of the war.

    Approximately 4,000 fuses needed for the plan were stored in the Mediterranean city's munitions depot. Salmide, then a junior officer in the German navy, defied his superiors and blew up the depot, rendering the fuses useless and saving the port, Moga said.

    Hunted by the Gestapo and the French police, Salmide hid with Moga's grandmother, becoming a family friend, the deputy mayor said.

    After the war, he remained in France and was naturalized Henri Salmide in 1947. Salmide married a French woman and stayed in Bordeaux for the rest of his life.

    He was decorated with the French Legion of Honor in 2000.

    The Bordeaux City Hall said this week that it would like to erect a memorial in honor of Salmide and his services to the city of Bordeaux.
     
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    A very honorable man, and a great thing he did.

    He could have gone home though, I suspect he decided to stay in France and become a French citizen out of personal reasons.
     
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    I have to salute him too.
     
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    That was a very brave thing to do. Had they found him I dread to think what would have happened to him.
     
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    It sometimes takes a lot to stand up for what you believe and this man certainly had it.:salute:
     
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