Future Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, Gets His Draft Notice Hot

Future Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, Gets His Draft Notice

Joseph Ratzinger, 1989

Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, is released from duty at an anti-aircraft unit defending a BMW plant. When he returns home to Traunstein, he finds his draft notice ordering him to report for regular military service.

At the end of the month, Joseph Ratzinger will be assigned to a unit stationed where the borders of Austria, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia meet.

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