Segment 7

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Baker recalls his worst combat moment occurred during his first day in battle outside of Strasburg. A German sniper fired at him and he did not think he would survive. He remembers finding German soldiers in some of the houses they searched, which was an unnerving experience. He had it in his mind that he was going to be killed. He asked himself constantly was it worth it? Now he knows that it was. He has dealt with people who think the Holocaust never occurred. He does not understand why people think that. He understands because he was there. He defends the survivors and victims whenever he has a chance.After seeing what happened at Dachau [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: Dachau concentration camp], he is glad that people are willing to learn about the Holocaust and visit the existing camps. He is glad there are reminders of it. He was willing to talk about the war when he came home, but he knew his family would not understand. Baker's children are sympathetic towards his time of service. He does not have many pictures of himself during the war. There were times when they looked horrible, sometimes going without baths for six weeks. He feels that younger people do not want to listen to the World War II veterans, but the museums are the best way of preserving the history of the war. He has no nightmares from the war because of his duty in Vienna.

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