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Transcript of Interview Project
By: Sharon G. Zaldivar Alatorre
They shared the weight of memory. They took up what others could no longer bear. Often, they carried each other, the wounded or weak. (O'Brien, 8)
They carried their reputations. They carried the soldier's greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing. Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to. (O'Brien,80)
They sneered at sick call. They spoke bitterly about guys who had found release by shooting off their own toes or fingers (O'Brien, 11)
If you don't care for obscenity, you don't care for the truth; if you don't care for the truth, watch how you vote. Send guys to war, they come home talking dirty. (O'Brien 9)
Karlos Erasmus Zaldivar Weyer (my grandpa)
Born in Munich, 1923
17 years old when WWII started
Stayed at home to take care of his mom until her unfortunate death in 1944
Eager to sign up
Met my grandma at the end of 1944 in France
Moved to Mexico after the war
In any other circumstances, it might've ended here. But this was Vietnam, where guys carried guns" (O'Brien, 30 )
By telling stories, you objectify your own experience. You separate it from yourself. You pin down certain truths. You make up others. You start sometimes with an incident that truly happened. (O'Brien 77)
"We shouldn't always celebrate a country that sends innocent men at war while its leaders sit around waiting for a political gain. Everyone suffers during war, not just soldiers from one side."
Quote 2 and 3
"Everyone fears death and being seen as weak during a war. During WWII the front for Germany knew that we weren't winning, and heavy casualties were quite common during the end of the war. Men were scared to go back to trenches, and tried to avoid going back to them as much as they could. Sometimes they would run and be punished. The punishments ranged and depended on rankings, but being sentenced to death wasn't uncommon."
"When you learn about WWII it's always in the perspective of the winning side. Iv'e never heard a class be taught our side of the story."
"I don't remember certain details of my time in WWII, but there's something about that remark that I can agree with."