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It took half a century to get a chance to say the words. Just “thank you.” That’s all. For Jim Roberts, this desire had become a fixation, part of a years-long process of coming to terms with the darkness he’d seen as an Army lieutenant in the Vietnam War.

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Berlin, October 1961: A woman stands at a memorial to one of the first people killed trying to cross into West Berlin after the building of the Wall two months earlier.

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