Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Visit to Cardinal Faulhauber, pp. 94-95 PDF (484.1 KB)
Leaving the dreadful place, we saw German prisoners being taken out of the camp to work on the roads or into the city to clear away rubble. The SS troops were heavily guarded, but the other prisoners did not require much watching. Motored back to Munich through the devastation and observed that sixty percent of the city is in ruins. The Post Office, Opera House, financial district, Gestapo headquarters, and Hitler's old brown house are all "kaput." In the large parade square of the Konigs Platz we witnessed the decoration of a number of heroic American soldiers. In this square we saw 8 bronze caskets containing the remains of the original deluded disciples of Hitler who were killed on the initial march on Munich when he assumed power. We visited St. Luke's Cathedral, which was not badly hit. Here a priest, Father Meyers, upon being released from Dachau where he had been imprisoned by the Nazis, said Mass. Six thousand people attended. Visit to Cardinal Faulhauber An appointment had been made for us with Cardinal Faul- hauber, the one remaining cardinal in Germany. He had been ill and was not allowed by his physician to receive guests, but an ex- ception was made in our case. His home, while not directly hit by bombs, was slightly damaged. The cardinal received us in the large reception hall. His age is about 72. He is a kindly, benevolent man of large stature and appears, when necessary, to be very forceable. He spoke English haltingly. I told him that we were going to visit the Holy Father in Rome. He asked if I would take the message to the Holy Father that he, himself, expected to come to Rome in early October and that he hoped to be able to dispatch papers to Rome shortly through a diplomatic courier of the church. 94
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