It was August 1944. The mine exploded just under him, filling his leg with shrapnel.
The doctors decided to leave it there, but he never told the whole story to his family, who believed he only had a bit of metal in his knee.
His granddaughter said that Robert "never spoke much about the war... When we were very young he used to tell us not to sit on his knee because of the wound."
Robert never saw it all collected. The family only found it out after his death, aged 94, when they cremated his body and the funeral home gave them a bag full of these terrible Nazi souvenirs.
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