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Vic’s War

In the ​1990s Vic was a member of a church in Montana pastored by David Hansen (right). On a fishing trip Vic once mentioned to his pastor that he had sighted bombs on the Dresden raid. That remark led Pastor Hansen to visit Vic on the 50th anniversary of the bombing.

For the first time ever, Vic opened up and talked about his experiences in WWII. The conversation was cathartic; he’d wrestled most with the raid on Dresden.

David’s story of their encounter went on to become of the most popular articles in Leadership Journal’s history. In fact, I was so moved by the article that I wrote one of Dresden’s newspapers and asked if they would be interested in publishing it. I thought that the article might cause people to seek God or at least get people thinking about the need to reconcile with painful experiences in their past—not exactly the kind of article secular newspapers usually publish. Download a PDF copy in English and German of the article published in the Dresdener Neueste Nachrichten here.

Surprisingly, the editor was quite interested, so I set out to track down the author to get his permission. Marge Halley, an assistant at TEAM, did the leg work for me and we finally connected with David Hansen in Cincinnati. A young lady in our church translated the difficult text into German and I negotiated with the news editor. On Feb. 13th, I was thrilled to see a picture with a caption above the fold on the front page of the paper pointing to the full-page article on page 15 (pictured below)! Download a copy of the article as it appeared in the Dresdener Neueste Nachrichten here.


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