Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Displaced persons, pp. 47-48 PDF (481.3 KB)
I again pressed him about his memoirs, saying, "Don't forget what happened to Pershing's memoirs. He delayed publishing his story for 4 or 5 years after the war, then the public had for- gotten about it." "Did he write his memoirs? Is he alive? How old is he?" Montgomery asked. He said he had had many offers from many publishers but did not wish to publish his memoirs at this time. We left Montgomery and had tea with his aides. The gardens of his palace are stunning. An extraordinary sight are the large mirrors in the gardens with peacocks strutting before them ad- miring the reflection of their plumage. There is an artificial lake with ducks and swans-a magnificent country estate indeed. Displaced Persons Returning to Bad Oeynhausen we stopped on the road to see a train of about 40 flat cars. Hundreds of DPs were on these and gondola cars some covered by tarpaulin rigs. Children, baby carriages, foodstuffs, bedding-people with all of their earthly belongings-going where they did not know. We were told that they were mostly Poles whom the British were trying to get back into Poland. Many of these Poles do not want to go back into Poland because they do not wish to be inflicted with Russian domination. Along the road we see fat pigs and good crops, cattle, and plump well-looking people. We see German soldiers in trucks going home to their farms. The British use the available railroad system to send the demobilized men home, then carry them by truck to within 10 or 15 miles of their farms where they shift for themselves and walk home. Here one gets an idea of the absolute defeat of the so-called German Superman. Here you see soldiers with their packs on their backs aimlessly making their way homeward. They pay little 47
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