"Look this up for me, Kay"...that is what my Daddy will call and say. What I am asked to look up is usually pertaining to a recipe he is making or a food that he planning to can or freeze. (He usually knows the answer, but he likes to verify it sometimes!) I have talked of his memories from Germany before He was stationed in Germany, just after World War II ended and he has never forgotten his experiences there. He said that the German civilians would come into the army camp and clean and sweep until everything was spic and span. This week he told me that they also came in and played a song called "Ein , Zwei, Zufa!" and the men really enjoyed it and he has never forgotten it. He asked me to find it and I have done the best that I could so I have a couple of versions on here. The first one was filmed in Germany but the second one looks as if it was filmed in the USA, right down to the fake yodeling at the beginning! But I loved the oompah of the tuba! I see why my Dad remembered this, it is very catchy...I have been singing it all day! (It looks as if it is really a drinking song, and I am afraid that most of everything I found on Youtube involved a lot of drunken noise!) The Germans that played for the American soldiers did not not play for money but for cigarettes. "Didn't you give them any money for the music?", I asked him. His reply was, "No, they didn't want money, they wanted the cigarettes. They could sell the cigarettes for $10.00 a piece!" He said that a pack of cigarettes sold for $150.00. If I am not mistaken, the American GI's would have gotten cigarettes for free as part of their ration.
My Dad says that he really enjoyed sailing on Lake Wannsee in Berlin. I have found a few photos of the lake and posted them here. Hopefully, he will enjoy this post and the memories they bring back. There must have been very few moments of fun while he was there. Maybe that is why these remembrances are so fond for him. Oh, and by the way, when my Dad calls and asks me to do something for him, you know I will, he's the best! LOVE YOU DADDY! (If I knew how to say it in German, I would!)