Going down with the ship

Friday, May 4, 1945

It’s fitting that an admiral is now head of the German government cause he’s going down with the ship! The Nazis are in a total rout, fleeing to Norway where Quisling is still in charge. Thousands of them fought for places on any boat they could find – fishing boats, rafts, barges. Meanwhile British pilots blasted them from the skies taking down 64 ships. British armored units on the ground racing toward Kiel raked the fugitives with deadly fire from the rear and destroyed thousands of Nazi vehicles. It’s Dunkirk in reverse – but not likely to have the same successful outcome for the Germans as it did for the British.

Light the Sabbath candles.

 

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Uncertainty about Heisenberg

Thursday, May 3, 1945

Daddy shakes his head in disbelief at the news. He tells Mommy about studying the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in Physics. Now, he finds out, Werner Heisenberg has just been arrested by the Allies. He already had a Nobel Prize when the war broke out. It’s a certainty that if anyone could help Nazis develop an atomic bomb, it would be Heisenberg. Did he help them? Daddy can’t believe this brilliant scientist put his gifts to work for the Nazis.

Light the Sabbath candles

 

 

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The fat lady gets ready to sing

Wednesday, May 2, 1945

The fat lady just might be singing soon, says Daddy! Hitler may be dead. And now the paper and radios are saying Goebbels is dead. Berlin has fallen and the Russians have taken 70,000 German taken prisoner. Nazi troops have surrendered to our troops in Italy. And while it’s not nice to call some one fat, a real-life (fat) lady, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, has returned to her country from a long exile in England.

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Russian parade sends a warning

Tuesday, May 1, 1945

Russia’s May Day parade was the biggest ever. This parade was a celebration. But it was also a warning: Russia has taken almost 2/3 of Berlin and is intimidating the countries it just liberated in Eastern Europe. So, the parade is really saying, “Watch out, USA. Here we come!”

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Il Duce’s death [Warning: graphic images]

Monday, Apr 30, 1945

Il Duce is dead. Yes, Benito Mussolini was shot and his body was dumped in a public square. Cheering crowds kicked and trampled the corpse. Italian reports say he cried, “No, no, no” as he was stood up in front of the firing squad. One by one Axis leaders are removed from the world stage. This was should be over but the Germans continue to bring destruction with their V-2 rockets. Almost 500 people were killed in Antwerp and a British village was smashed.

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Sunday homebodies

Sunday, Apr 29, 1945

The temperature dropped to near freezing last night. Daddy took a sad look at his little seedlings but decided to trust that sunlight and warmth would revive them. So instead of working in the garden today, we all got busy indoors , even me. He wrote a funny letter home about it: “I worked from sunrise to sunset with a broom in one hand and a mop in the other. We even washed the walls! Well, after we were all through, we collapsed from exhaustion.” I helped, too. Daddy wrote that I wiped furniture legs and under the table “where we couldn’t reach.”

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Russia and the USA join hands

Saturday, Apr 28, 1945

Truman and Stalin are hailing the linking of their two armies at the Elbe River. The newspapers are carrying the dramatic story of American Lt William D Robertson calling, “Put it there” and extending his hand to a Russian counterpart as they squirmed across a girder of the blown-up bridge high above the river. For all our troops, this a glorious moment – the result of drives covering over 5,000 miles. But under the smiles and handshakes of this cozy image is an emerging hostility. It’s official now that Stalin gets his 3 votes at the San Francisco conference and that the Polish delegation is solidly pro-soviet. Add to that the rumor that Germany wants to surrender, but only to the US and Britain. The Germans are started to look to us to protect them from the Russians.

 

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