Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
A message to Honey, pp. 19-20 PDF (493.3 KB)
Being built were some new American pre-fabricated houses- modern and good-looking-consisting of two bedrooms, bath, kitchen and living room. These are an experiment for future building operations over here. The rebuilding job in England will require millions of man-hours of labor and tremendous in- dustrial activity. After lunch with McPeake and our lawyer, discussing business and tax problems, we went to our magazine office to meet mem- bers of the staff. Fortunately the office was never hit. Four different buildings which we have occupied here in London were all razed, but the present location came through. I recall that when we rented the present quarters in 1935 our manager said to me, "If we ever have another war, this will be a fine spot for air bombing, as it is almost adjacent to the Victoria Station (a leading railroad station comparable to Grand Central), with Buckingham Palace a short distance away." Fate decreed otherwise. The building we moved from in Queen Victoria Street was wrecked and the present building undamaged. McPeake's home was occupied during the war by General de Gaulle and family. The waitress is profuse in her praise of de Gaulle. She says, "He is a fine family man with three children and a lovely wife who remains always in the background." A Message to Honey Dropped in at Rainbow Corner-one of the large American Red Cross clubs here. Had a nice visit with Rebecca Stickney, who is managing the canteen. Rebecca looks very well, sends her love to you and tells me that she is going to return to New York in the not-too-far-distant future. Honey, the only thing lacking here is your presence and how you would be interested in seeing everything we are seeing! We will certainly do it next year together. I am told there is an absolute ban now on non-essential travel over here, unless one 19
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