“From the time I left San Francisco to the time I got back was five years and seven months. That’s a long time and lots of things had changed.”
“I AM YOUNG. I am 20 years old, yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow.”
While those words were spoken by Erich Maria Remarque’s protagonist Paul Bäumer in the landmark First World War novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, they very well could have been uttered by any of the millions of American soldiers, sailors and fliers who made it home from the battlefields of Europe or the Pacific in 1945.
In this latest podcast from our friends at Audioburst.com, one Second World War vet describes the feelings of alienation and dislocation he experienced following his return to the United States after the war.