Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Russian conviviality, pp. 65-66 PDF (473.5 KB)
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 65
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