Dec. 7, 2016
At the Stalag IXA POW camp near Ziegenhain, Germany, Roddie Edmonds — who served in the US Army’s 422nd Infantry Regiment — was the senior non-commissioned officer. One day in January 1945, all Jewish soldiers — totaling around 200 — were ordered by the Nazi camp commander to report to the parade ground. Edmonds realized the danger the Jewish soldiers faced and defiantly instructed every solider at the camp — both Jews and non-Jews — to assemble outside their barracks.
Seeing this, the enraged camp commander pressed a gun against Edmonds’ head and demanded an explanation. “We are all Jews here,” Edmonds replied.