Italy: US soldier meets 76-year-old after three young children nearly shoot at BPP

Nearly 76 years later, 96-year-old Martin Adler, a World War II soldier in Italy, managed to meet the three young children he was about to shoot during a military operation in 1944.

On Sunday night, Martin, who lives in Florida, spoke with Bruno, Maffalda and Juliana Naldi, who were then 7, 6 and 3 years old respectively when they met during World War II in the village of Monterencio. , near Bologna.

“It’s a beautiful story that has attracted a lot of interest,” said Matteo Inserti, an Italian who has published many books on such reunions of World War II.

He posted on his Facebook page the search for the American ex-soldier last Thursday. And three days later, the brothers were talking to the veteran on the phone from a small town not far from their childhood village.

In an interview with the soldier’s daughter and this Italian writer, Martin Adler remembers in great detail that autumn of 1944 when he was with another soldier, John Bronski:

“There was a deathly silence, we did not know if the Germans had really withdrawn or if they were waiting for us in secret to trap us.”

“We entered the house. There was a big basket with strange noises coming out of it. “John and I already had our finger on the trigger ready to shoot, it could be Germans,” he said.

“Bambini, bambini!” (Children, children) an Italian mother shouted suddenly. Then her three children came out of the basket.

The soldier died on the spot taking a photo with the three children. Earlier, their mother asked them to wear their best clothes.

“It was the happiest moment of my life from this hell of a war,” said Martin Adler, whose daughter Russell first posted the old photo on an American veterans’ website in hopes of locating the children, although her father did not exactly remember the city.

Adler’s call was rebroadcast in Italy and published in local newspapers on Saturday.

“The sweater I am wearing in the photo was made by my mother. When I saw the photo, I immediately said ‘I am,'” Bruno, the eldest of the three brothers, now 83, said in an interview with Italian television network TG1. .

“Ciao bambini!”, (Hello guys) Martin Adler shouted on the phone on Sunday. “I am Maffalda,” replied the 82-year-old woman wearing a mask from the other end of the line.

“It seems to me that I can still see this basket in front of me,” said the younger of the three brothers, Juliana, 79 today.

Martin Adler landed in Naples in March 1944 and fought in Italy until 1945.

With information from AFP / ΑΠΕ

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