A German man searches for the soldier who took care of him during WWII.
For decades, Siegfried Laier of Moerlenbach, Germany, has been searching for an American soldier. More than half a century ago—when Siegfried was just a boy—he formed a friendship with the young GI.
It was March of 1945 … The final days of World War II. For Germany’s civilians, it was a time of uncertainty and despair. One of the innocent victims was young Siegfried Laier, whose neighborhood was destroyed by allied bombers. Siegfried’s mother fled with her three youngest children. The Laiers walked 125 miles to be with relatives in the village of Moerlenbach. It was a tough time for Siegfried and his family:
When American troops rolled into Moerlenbach, the German citizens were afraid that the conquering army was out for revenge. But instead, they found friendly soldiers who provided them with food and medical supplies. According to Siegfried, one of the GIs was a young man named Alexander:
The “guardian angel” took it upon himself to track Siegfried down. Alexander took a genuine interest in the Laier family, and before long, the food shortages were a dim memory. Alexander made daily visits and over the next three months, virtually became a member of the Laier family. According to Siegfried, their friendship transcended race, nationality, and even language:
Often times, Alexander would invite Siegfried to tag along on routine patrols around town:
Inevitably, the time came to say goodbye and Siegfried was left heartbroken:
Today, Siegfried has only one memento of Alexander—a photograph taken in the spring of 1945. At the time, Alexander was about 20 years old. Siegfried does not know Alexander’s last name, but does recall that his unit marched into Moerlenbach, Germany, on March 27, 1945. Siegfried is hopeful that he and his guardian angel will one day be reunited.