Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Blonde children--Hitler's "Aryan race", pp. 42-43 PDF (468.9 KB)
see hundreds of motor trucks and cars, all with a big star on them, indicating American vehicles being used by the British-we are in the British zone of occupation. Flew over the little town of Gutersloh-not badly hit-and continued on, flying over the city of Bielefeld-badly damaged. Here a long bridge was completely wrecked. Again we flew over the autobahn, which is a 6-lane highway, 3 lanes in each direc- tion with a space of about 15 to 20 feet of shrubbery dividing the two highways-this makes for excellent night driving. Some- one said that the one thing Hitler will no doubt be remembered for will be the construction of the wonderful autobahns through- out Germany. I was sitting in the co-pilot seat when we arrived at our destina- tion, the little town of Buckeburg, at about noon. Our Lieutenant asked for permission to land. The Air Control Officer told him to come in from a certain direction. Our pilot started to complain and told the Air Control Officer that he was ordering him to land down wind. Accordingly the control tower changed the directions and told him to land against the wind. We were met at the airport by a Major North, aide to Brigadier General Treadwell, and were driven a distance of about 20 miles to the little town of Minden. Here we were held up 20 minutes crossing the Weser River, as the bridge had been demolished. There was a temporary pontoon arrangement. Here one sees thousands of Germans aimlessly pushing carts, or riding in small horse-drawn vehicles. All seemed to be going nowhere. Blonde Children-Hitler's "Aryan Race" Continued on the highway from Minden to the little town of Bad Oeynhausen-staff headquarters of the British Army of Occupation. The countryside is beautiful; everything is under cultivation; and the German people look exceptionally healthy. Here we get our first sight of the blonde babies, the most beau- 42
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