Just been aware of this post from a fellow history enthusiast and book reader. (I don't get the chance to go on this site often).
I am absolutely on FB under Kurt's name. This was done with Kurt's full knowledge and agreement, primarily to promote the photo books we have both written on his history. His grandson has full awareness too, is 'friends' with that profile and keeps Kurt up to date, as he lives a very close to Kurt's home.
As part of the interactions on there, between history enthusiasts, various people had enquired as to who I had been lucky enough to meet, from a veteran point of view. As the FB post stated, those photographs were put in from those direct requests from people interested in seeing how the veterans looked postwar.
Like you and some of the other Authors out there, I have been very lucky to have met many hundreds of WSS (and other) veterans, learned from them and ensure that their recollections are laced through my book texts, where relevant. I have attended reunions that have included I. Panzer Korps (1. SS & 12. SS), Totenkopf Division, Korps Steiner, Westland Regiment, GvB, and Ulrichsberg reunions. This is alongside countless visits to some of these veterans homes from 1999 through to the most recent 'new' visit in February of this year.
To answer one of your specific posts (vets in their underwear) - meeting Josef Rollecke was a rare chance, as he kept himself to himself post war. He lived near Eberhard Heder, so on one of those visits, a friend and I took the chance to see if he would talk to us. He did so, for a short space of time, but due to the unexpected visit and the warm weather that day, he chose to be dressed as he was, in his vest.
I do not understand why you would presume that I 'photo shopped' myself with these former soldiers. My technical skills would not stretch that far! I have been lucky enough to have met every person that these FB posts show. Each photo is a genuine image and can be evidenced through various documents (photos, interview notes taken at the time, and other people who were there with me). I have met many others, but did not always have the foresight to take a photo with them - I wish I had.
The reason for the FB page has been clarified above. The 'being taken seriously' is part of the reason for sharing those images with people, as they lend credence to the fact that the book content comes direct from these history makers. To use one of your own comments regarding one of my titles, "this information (content in the book) can only but have come from someone who was there at that time".
I do not understand why you use the word 'behaviour', when referring to this, nor why you would automatically presume that a fellow author has 'faked' images. We have liaised for many years on various things and I always felt there was a mutual respect and understanding, plus appreciation of what we are trying to achieve here - the correct recording of the history of these former soldiers.
Something appears to have changed that, although I am at a loss to know what? I trust my response has helped clarify the key points for you and others that have read this thread.
John P. Moore wrote:
I find it rather strange that Peter Mooney appears to be posting on FaceBook under the name of "Kurt Sameitreiter". Further, he is posting photos of vets, sometimes in their underwear, where it appears that he has Photo Shopped himself into the image, standing or sitting next to the vet. Plenty of examples of these peculiar photos can be found here.
I don't understand how Mr. Mooney and his LAH publishing company can expect to be taken seriously when we see this sort of behavior.