Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Human contacts in Munich, pp. 96-97 PDF (439.2 KB)
Over the Danube and Rhine to Paris, pp. 97-98 PDF (422.2 KB)
of bad weather over the Alps and instead we visited several dam- aged churches and mingled with the people praying. Always one sees homecoming German soldiers, and always they have the same funereal expression. Their utter dejection reflects absolute docility. Any one in Munich will work 12 hours a day for food. At the hotel, when I asked to have clothes pressed and laundering done, the maid, as always, said she would rather have payment in cig- arettes and soap instead of money. We stayed about the hotel, watching the life around it. A Ger- man girl was selling etchings her father-a well-known artist had made. She told us of the privations suffered by the people during the Nazi regime. Her fiance, a German naval doctor, is a prisoner of war in Bremerhaven. Friday, August 17 Waiting for clear weather, we visited the press headquarters of Munich, the military government installation, and various other buildings. Then, when told it was improbable that we would get off to Naples today-as the weather was still extremely bad over the Alps, the Brenner Pass being closed-we decided to fly to Naples by way of Paris. The route to Paris was via Frankfurt it's a 11/2 hour flight from Munich to Frankfurt. Over the Danube and Rhine to Paris We left at 3:30. Flying over the romantic Danube River, we arrived in Frankfurt for refueling, and took off immediately for Paris. The Rhine River at Bingen, where we crossed, is very beau- tiful. It winds through hills and cliffs, and the adjacent forests from an air view appear all cut in lovely patterns. We flew over the 97
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