Former POW pays visit to Camp Ruston
Blumenberg was eventually transferred to an interrogation camp close to Arlington, Va. He was the only one of his crew that was captured and not sent to a Nazi camp in Arizona.
“I was the only one at Camp Ruston. I said I wasn’t a Nazi,” he explained. “In 1943, it was a very dangerous thing to do that. If Hitler had won the war, I would have been a dead duck.”
Wesley Harris, who wrote a historical book on World War II called A Fish out of Water, said many German soldiers did not consider themselves Nazis.
“A lot of people think during the war that every German was the same.