The secret history of the Nazi mascot.

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  1. v2

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    Alex Kurzem came to Australia in 1949 carrying just a small brown briefcase, but weighed down by some harrowing psychological and emotional baggage.

    Tucked away in his briefcase were the secrets of his past - fragments of his life that he kept hidden for decades.

    In 1997, after raising a family in Melbourne with his Australian bride, he finally revealed himself. He told how, at the age of five, he had been adopted by the SS and became a Nazi mascot.

    His personal history, one of the most remarkable stories to emerge from World War II, was published recently in a book entitled The Mascot.

    "They gave me a uniform, a little gun and little pistol," Alex told the BBC.

    "They gave me little jobs to do - to polish shoes, carry water or light a fire. But my main job was to entertain the soldiers. To make them feel a bit happier."

    more: BBC NEWS | Europe | The secret history of the Nazi mascot
     
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    Another disturbing story from WW2...
     
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    Disturbing but interesting all the same.
     
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    True. I haven't read the book but I wonder how much of it is verifiable.
     
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    The more you read about WW2 the more you realize how little you know.
     
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    Wonder if he was molested...

    Bet he was.
     
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    You don't mean...... No... they wouldn't do that....

    Or would they ?

    I'll have to find the book.

    Charles
     
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    Seems awfully strange to me. Keep a young boy as a "mascot"? What kind of grown man would do that? Well I can only think of one kind. Level III.
     
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    Maybe they've kept him as mascot because there wasn't any other thing they could to...the other "road" led only to a concentration camp...
     
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    That is a possibility !

    Charles
     
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    Sure. Think positive.
     
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