Monday, January 08, 2024

First Paragraph

Berliners, gaunt from short rations and stress, had little to celebrate at Christmas in 1944. Much of the capital of the Reich had been reduced to rubble by bombing raids. The Berlin talent for black jokes had turned to gallows humour. The quip of that unfestive season was. 'Be practical" give a coffin.' 

- From Berlin: The Downfall 1945 by Anthony Beevor

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