Monday, Oct. 18, 1943
On the Pacific Front, one battle had obliterated 104 Japanese planes. But no one was predicting the Japanese would collapse the way the Germans were expected to. Still, they had conducted an hour-long bombing raid over London. And a one-paragraph notice: The Germans had interred French intellectual Romain Rolland in a concentration camp. In Japan, Premier General Ideki Tojo was said to be welding the Japanese nation into “a single war machine for the death struggle with America.” Worrisome, too, was Russia’s demand for more Allied support at the very time it was preparing its post-war demands for land, including taking chunks of Romania and Greene for Bulgaria. At home, Lois and Abe were thrilled. “Last night for the first time,” Lois wrote home, “Susie slept from the evening until the morning, not awakening for the 10 PM meal or the 2 PM meal. We had such a good night’s rest that we feel able to move houses. I suppose she’ll backslide a bit.” How much I’d backslide was yet to be seen.