Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
More fraternization talk, pp. 66-67 PDF (465.8 KB)
juice (the wood alcohol that went into the V-E bombs). The Russians who drank it at the beginning became uproariously drunk and many of them died. Some of the remaining Russians did not drink the buzz-bomb juice so rapidly. Finding that nothing apparently happened to them, they all drank the liquid. In the course of 3 weeks, 500 of them were down with paralysis, and are now in the hospital. Everyone says the Russian D.P.s are the hardest to handle they fight with German soldiers returning home. The UNRRA appears to have a terrific job. (A personal-and I might add an editorial observation-is that I do not think they are equal to it, and am afraid they are not efficiently administering the American taxpayer's money.) We were told later that food is being sent into Yugoslavia by UNRRA; that it does not reach the civilians but is fed to Tito's communistic army. This and many other similar stories lead me to believe that the work of UNRRA should be done by the Army, or administered by the Red Cross. Frankfurt received its heavy beating from bombers that came over enroute to Berlin and, when the weather closed in, dropped their bombs on Frankfurt. Hanover got 20,000 tons of bombs, compared with the 40,000 tons dropped on Britain during the entire blitz. More Fraternization Talk One hears much talk in Frankfurt about fraternization between the G.I.s and the German girls. Some G.I. made the wise-crack- "Maybe the German girls ain't got as much as the American girls, but what they got is here." Another fellow said, "I hate those German dames. Their men shot at me in Africa and in France." But a G.I. remarked, "This guy is married and has a wife in America. Other guys with not so much mileage on them may feel differently." 66
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