No Ron it's not just you. I will stand shoulder to shoulder on this one with you. Thank God a vet is answering back. I saw this posting on the entry date. People keep all manner of tributes because they are proud of what they represent. When I saw that this former SS kept his badges that told me without a doubt he was proud of himself and of the SS, as are the family, otherwise they would have been thrown into the fire. Unfortunately the nazi mentality was not stamped out in 1945 and is alive and well. I think the war crime trials were closed too quickly which didn't help things. The comments of all service people committing atrocities floored me because my father was an upstanding person. How does someone make a statement like this ?? I never criticize anyone on forum but I think the vets need to be supported. People can be armchair theorists but until you have been in the boots of the veterans these opinions are worthless. best wishes Chrissie Chrissie, in relation to the above you have made the assertion that Pollux was proud of his Gandpa's service because otherwise "they would have been thrown into the fire". Yet in post 11 of this very thread you have written thus: Are we distinguishing between one fondly remembered ex SS grandpa and the SS in it's entirety? Given the disparity between the 2 posts I'd be inclined to think that perhaps you've either changed your mind about Pollux's intentions or that you are being slightly inconsistent in your views on this matter?