Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1943
The expanding draft was affecting more and more of Lois’ family as she learned that a favorite cousin had been drafted: “When I think of a magnificent specimen like him going off to war with all his spark and bouyancy, it really drives home the ugly facts of war. I shall pray for his safe return and I know you all do, too.” “Ugly facts’ was barely adequate to describe the Nazi slaughter of Danes as patrols opened fire on any group of civilians over 5 in number. A kind of desperation was evident in Germany as the Russians smashed through. The Germans well knew the atrocities they had committed against the Slavs and had no illusions about how the Russians would reciprocate.