The Good War
The Good War An Oral History of World War Two Book - 1997

Of my generation, out of a hundred that went to fight, three came back. Three percent. One should not ask those of us who remained alive what war means to them.

[...] I look at my children and grandchildren and I think: only centimeters decided whether they should be on this earth or not. Whether the bullet went that way or this way. They don't understand that they live life on this earth quite by accident. It was quite natural that I wouldn't be alive. But I lived and they happened. They can't understand that.

[...] In my short story, I recollect a phrase: "The bullet that killed us today goes into the death of centuries and generations, killing life which didn't come to exist yet."

I was the only one from our class who went to the front who remained alive after the war. What else is there to say?

Grigori Baklanov

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