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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
(1945?)

Russian conviviality,   pp. 65-66 PDF (473.5 KB)


Page 65

Arriving at the air field in Frankfurt, ise saw a great commo-
tion-General Patton was about to enplane. The General puts
on a big show-many aircraft, cars, sirens blowing, tin helmets
flashing in the sun, and much fanfare.
Motoring through the ruined city of Frankfurt, we noted the
churches, the railway station gone; the Opera House, the Carlton
Hotel and the Excelsior Hotel still standing. Schumann's, across
from the railway station, is badly beaten.
The I. G. Farben Building is the headquarters of our Army of
Occupation. This fine structure was formerly the office building
for the leading chemical company of Germany. It has 7 floors
and 6 wings one damaged wing has since been rebuilt. Every-
thing surrounding it is completely demolished.
Assigned to quarters at the visitor's guest house in a suburb
of Frankfurt called Konigstein, we were told that this "liberated"
house was the former home of a Jewish doctor and had been then
taken over by the German Postoffice after their building had been
destroyed. It is a beautiful up-to-date home with large dining
rooms, 20 to 30 bedrooms. and lovely gardens with pools. The
gardens overlook gorgeous mountains resembling our Adirondack
country.
We dined with the officials of the UNRRA, and at dinner they
told us about the many problems of the D.P.s. Up to August 1st,
4,100,000 D.P.s have been repatriated, but there are still 2,157,000
left in Germany requiring repatriation. Of these, there are 1,000,-
000 Poles and 500,000 Slav s, with 260,000 Italians. Many of
the Poles will not go home, and there are also many supposedly
"White" Russians who will not return home.
Russian Conviviality
In a camp adjacent to Frankfurt are some 800 Russian D.P.s,
500 of whom are in the hospital as a result of drinking buzz-bomb
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