Monday, Dec 27, 1943
As my father waited out the three months before he could enlist, he might have had mixed feelings about the latest news: Eisenhower has said, “… we will win the European war in 1944.” Asa Hanukkah draws to a close, could this mean liberation for the Jews? True, the Nazis are digging in and fighting stubbornly house to house in Cassino. But the big news today was the moment of sweet revenge — schandenfreud, as the Germans call the experience – for the British Navy when Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, commander of the Duke of York, sank the Scharnhorst in a blazing Arctic battle. Hitler had ordered the 26,000 ton battleship out of its safe haven in Norway expressly to destroy Allied supply convoys on the Murmansk route. This same German battleship had sunk the Glorious in 1940 commanded then by Fraser himself.