1945 May 16
Buchenwald (Germany) - Letter from a journalist interned at Buchenwald. "My profession being a journalist, I was fighting 20 years for Democracy. At last I fought against Nazi terror and Fascism the consequence of it I had a very hard life... I was robbed of all I had. My family was -- as far as I am informed -- murdered by the Nazis. My wife, mother and sisters became victims of Auschwitz Cr... more
1946 Mar. 4
Le Havre (France) - Has been re-reading Masefield's The Everlasting Mercy and Beer's Mrs Egg. Army life is over; will have 63-75 days to spend in the Army after return.
1945 Aug. 14
Augsburg (Germany) - Thinks it too early to worry about Christmas presents, since mail will begin moving faster now the war in Europe is done. Trip to Berchtesgarten with a group of soldiers.
Oberursel (Germany) - On temporary duty near Frankfurt. Saw Sig Holden; is now in charge of two ski lodges in Bavaria.
1945 May 8
Germany - VE Day: "it doesn't mean any great emotional satisfaction or triumph.. rather a sort of bitter satisfaction to go through the streets in the center of Germany on this day and just look at the German people and have them know you are there and that you (you being any allied soldier, including the lowliest private) that you are their Lord and Master of this year and hour.... more
1945 Aug. 11
Augsburg (Germany) - Would like 120 film for Christmas. Toured Berchtesgarten with 50 soldiers.
1945 Nov. 16
Augsburg (Germany) - Promotion in the works. Is selecting men to go to Third Army Basketball Officiating School. Letter written on a letter from Ernest Binns complaining that Joe had written so seldom he thought he must be injured.
1946 Feb. 8
Munich (Germany) - Sending a printed menu for dinner and supper from the officers' mess: "From this menu you might judge we eat in style. Actually, we do. But I do not really enjoy it much."
1945 Apr. 25
Germany - Account of first crossing into Germany within artillery range of Duisburg; stayed in a millionaire's casino near Krefeld, "While we were there the MPs had trouble with the Hitler youth, and lost four of their number by hanging and slit throats at night. Those bastards look very peaceful during the day." Stayed in a former German kaserne with DPs and caught lice; German's let behind equ... more