Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 18, 1976 · Page 139
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July 18, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 139

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William Schiller, 33, a draft resister from Chicago, is employed as a newsman and has "found a life" in Sweden. He concedes that a tot of Americans found the going tough,but says, "Most of us here feel we have done nothing wrong." "Most of us in Sweden," says Schiller, "rejected the program because we felt it was wrong. Most of us Americans here feel that we have done nothing wrong. Many of us are proud of the fact that we didn't kill any Vietnamese. We believe we're entitled to an amnesty, that we're not criminals. Jimmy Carter says he's prepared to pardon all of us. The pardon infers we're guilty of a crime. I don't think I am." · Schiller concedes that not all of the Americans who came to Sweden to avoid the war were or are idealists. "A lot of them," he says, "especially those who deserted from Vietnam, were dope addicts when they arrived here. They got into trouble quickly and more than 150 were deported for narcotics offenses, armed robbery, and other crimes. Others were very young. They had no marketable skills. They were frightened and lonely. They couldn't find a job, and they, too, turned to drugs. One guy tried to steal a plane to fly home to the States. Marriages, families "But others who were older and more mature and had some education met Swedish girls, started families and are now reconciled to staying here. "When I first came here, I didn't speak the language. I couldn't get a job in journalism, so ! started off washing dishes and then I washed hospital patients, and eventually, after I got to know the language, I got a job with Swedish Broadcasting. But of course I still miss America and my family. "I have one brother, married with children I've never seen except in photographs. I'd like to see them. Luckily my mother comes over once a year to visit me. That's a comfort. "When President Ford issued his clemency program, my mother said, 'Thank God, my boy's coming home.' When I explained to her the points of the program and said I didn't want any provisional clemency,- it was tough on her, but eventually she understood. Defends choice "I'm still an American, and if I had to do it all over again, make the choice of coming over here or fighting in Vietnam, I'd make the same choice. I think if the government wants you to go and kill other people in the name of American glory or interests, whether your government is right or wrong, then you've got to make a decision. Is there very much difference between U.S. soldiers massacring innocent women and children at My Lai and Hitler's men massacring the Jews? "Hubert Humphrey was over here a while back, and when the journalists interviewed him, he said he was opposed to amnesty because several of his neighbors' sons had been killed in the war... But the real question is who sent the sons of Hubert Humphrey's neighbors to die in the war? Who made them go and kill and be killed? 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