Moriso Teraoka
100th Infantry Battalion

End of War

Moriso Teraoka

In May 1945, Germany surrenders. After almost a month of processing surrendering German soldiers in northern Italy, Moriso’s platoon is sent south to Livorno (Leghorn) to guard German POWs.

At Livorno, Moriso befriends Robert Theirfeldex, a POW in his seventies and a former music professor at the University of Munich. After evening chores, Robert plays the accordion for the soldiers and eventually teaches Moriso to play the accordion.