Sunday, 8 May 1945
Today is probably one of the greatest days in history - VE Day. We have
all looked forward to this day. With God's graciousness we shall have
another one soon. We had today off in celebration of this event. It has
been a wonderful sun shiny day - it seemed so much like Sunday.
I even took a shower today! Not that I needed one of course!
Doug and I took quite a few pictures today. I am anxious
to see how they turn out.
Yesterday I visited one of the concentration or slave labor
camps. The sights I saw you would never believe. When you
see pictures of people that were in there and they are skin
and bones you can see in part what I saw. Such filth and
such a stench! Dead bodies were being taken out. Civilians
were loading trucks with them. In one building there were
a few that were still alive but there was no hope for them.
I took a few pictures of them and if they aren't censored I
shall send them home when I get them. It certainly gives
you plenty to think about.
In the last couple of days I have did quite a washing.
One night I washed my sweaters and socks and the
next night my handkerchiefs and a few white pieces.
We have a line outside so when the sun is shining they
dry very good. I want to iron some stuff tonight if I
get the ambition!
It's always a pleasure to take time out to read your long
letters. I like to hear of the small details of what you are
doing. I'll bet the floors look nice now.
How are you feeling, Dad? Is that egg and lemon doing
you any good?
What was the matter with Aunt Iva? That was a real
shock wasn't it?
I sent the little clipping because I happened to be stationed
in that town. I wasn't connected with what it said.
All day on the radio we have been hearing what the
people in England are doing today. I'll bet New York is a
mess! Wait until that first contingent arrives in the
Port from here! I'd sure love to see that.
I wish I could think of something to write about.