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)
tiful children one could ever hope to see. Ninety-five percent of the children are completely blonde with blue eyes and pink complexions. They seem happy and well fed. Everywhere along the roadside we see mothers with 3 or 4 of the always-present blonde babies and are told that these represent Hitler's Aryan race. Stopped at the Victoria Hotel, where we were met by Brigadier General Treadwell, a charming English officer. We were given a delicious lunch with excellent Rhine wine. After luncheon Brigadier General Treadwell motored us to Herford, where we visited the headquarters of the British communication system. In the news room we were briefed and then we inspected the com- munication system of the British headquarters. Around the British radio tower we noticed children playing, but they ran from us as if in fear. We motored back to Minden for tea in a beautiful German home which had been "liberated" from an affluent German cigar- maker. The term "liberated" is a common one. Throughout Germany when British or American officers want to occupy a home, they throw out the owner and occupy his premises, tell- ing you that they have "liberated" the home. One usually learns that the German owner is living in the garage, stables, or in one of the servant's houses. After tea we drove to the little town of Melle-the headquarters of Field Marshal Montgomery-and motored directly to his home. We were informed that Montgomery does not like to live adjacent to his staff but prefers to isolate himself in the country. He lives in a palatial castle which he "liberated" from one of the German squires. The squire, we were told, was a rather docile individual, but his wife is very sour and complains bitterly about the British occupation. Arriving at Field Marshal Montgomery's headquarters, we were greeted by his aides and told that Monty was in the garden walk- ing with his dogs. 43
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