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Zager remembers all of the people greeting him at the gate of the concentration camp [Annotator's Note: Gunskirchen Lager Concentration Camp in Austria] thanking him for saving their lives. The couple that he met later in life thanked him for saving their lives. Zager told them that someone else would have been along to save them and that they would have been fine. The man looked at him and said, " But you were the one who came and opened the gate."Zager believes that the war changed him. Seeing some of the things that he saw definitely helped to change and sculpt his world view for the rest of his life. He realized it then and now that it was good to get rid of the Nazis.Zager went back to England in 1981. He went to St. Paul's Cathedral. They have a book with every name of every American who died in Europe.Zager believes that the National World War II Museum is important because people will remember their stories. Zager believes it is important to preserve the millions of stories that came about as a result of World War II. World War II was the most exciting time of Zager's life. He is also not proud of some of the things he did, including killing people.

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