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The Lorraine American Cemetery covers 113.5 acres and comprises 10,489 graves of American soldiers, most of whom were killed while driving the German forces from the fortress city of Metz toward the Siegfried Line and the Rhine River. The memorial, which stands on a plateau to the west of the burial area, shows ceramic operations maps with narratives and service flags.
During WWII, Nazi Germany implemented in Alsace a policy of Germanization and Nazification to change Alsatians into German citizens. Nowadays, a unique blend of French and Germanic cultures can still be found all around, as much in the capital city
Natzweiler – Struthof concentration camp
The Natzweiler Struthof concentration camp operated from April 1941 until September 1944. During this time an estimated 22.000 inmates died to disease, exhaustion, maltreatment or execution by the camp guards. The former camp currently houses a museum and the European centre of deported resistance members.
During the Second World War the U.S. Armed Forces were segregated based on race. The 761st Tank Battalion, known as the Black Panthers, was a ‘black unit’ and consisted mostly of African-Americans. Sergeant Ruben Rivers was part of this unit and like many other American soldiers would help liberate Europe.