The capture of the city of herzogenaurach by the americans was relatively unscathed, apart from the destruction of heinrichsmuhle and galgenhof. On wednesday, 18. April 1945, again all manner from 16 to 65 years had to line up at the market place. An officer "puffed up them from the city hall. Two jeeps with heavy machine guns were parked at the side of the field. The men were put to work, some of them in the fields with the farmers, others cleaning the ditches.
It was also announced that the americans had lost two bicycles. Mayor valentin frohlich had the not easy task of retrieving the wheels. Rumor had it that the thieves of the rader were to be shot.
However, a contemporary witness suspected that the culprits were not germans, she noted at the time: "everyone said that it was supposed to be poles, because the poles have now become insolent, they are said to have already taken the bikes off various women, the poles and frenchmen no longer need to work, u. They had to get their food from the farmers. They want to go home with the bikes." In spite of all the acts of war there were also human gestures. So the americans drove mrs. Breun from galgenhof to the clinic in erlangen to give birth.