E. Kaestner, 107, Last German WW I Veteran, Is Dead

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Erich Kaestner, believed to be the last German veteran of World War I, died Jan. 1 in Cologne. He was 107.

No organization keeps track of remaining veterans in Germany, and his death was not in the news until last week. It was confirmed Friday by his son, Peter.

“That is the way history has developed,” the son told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “In Germany, in this respect, these things are kept quiet — they’re not a big deal.”

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