A blog from World War 2

March 1945

  • March 1, 1945

    The siren went off for about 2 hours today.

  • March 2, 1945

    Like yesterday, the siren went off for about 2 hours.

  • March 3, 1945

    This morning when I stepped outside to go to work, I was astounded to see snow on the ground. After more than a month, the snow and cold temperatures are back, it snowed all day and it was very cold. It feels like January again.

  • The first Sunday of March 1945

    At around 10:00, the siren went off. It’s still snowing, people run frantically in every direction looking for a shelter. We heard on the radio that there are many bomber formations, that’s why everyone is running hastily. We were able to go back home at 11:00, they didn’t come to Munich this time either.

  • March 6, 1945

    Last night while we were deep in sleep, the siren went off. It was midnight, we got dressed quickly and ran to the shelter. After a few hours it was over with no damage, apart from the frigid cold we had to endure upon leaving our warm beds and running outside. There’s snow on the […]

  • March 9, 1945

    The siren went off again today but thank God they didn’t bomb. 10 days have passed since I tried to be repatriated to Italy, I haven’t given up yet but still have not found a way. They want me to die in Germany!

  • March 12, 1945

    Today the siren went off again precisely at noon. The siren always seems to go off at noon. Winter has returned. It has snowed for 10 consecutive days. February was like spring, but now it’s mid-March and we have yet to see the sun, plus it’s cold. I was certain the cold wouldn’t return since […]

  • March 13, 1945

    While we were sleeping last night, the siren went off. It was 11:00 when we heard it, we got dressed quickly and ran to the shelter. It was over after an hour. We hadn’t even fallen back asleep when the siren went off again. We got dressed again and ran to the shelter, it was […]

  • March 14/15, 1945

    Yesterday and today were filled with pre-raid sirens and sirens. But they didn’t come to Munich, they chose other targets. The weather has been lovely these past few days, clear skies and warm temperatures, the snow is gone and it’s no longer cold.

  • March 19, 1945

    The siren went off at 11:20, it ended at 3:40. The siren has never lasted this long since I’ve been in Munich.

  • March 21, 1945

    Siren. It was 11:00 when the siren went off. We’re not allowed to leave the factory and our boss won’t even let us go to the shelter. I managed to sneak out and run to the nearest shelter. The siren stopped at 3:15, when I got back to the factory the others had already eaten […]

  • March 22/23, 1945

    Siren. The sun is still a shining beauty, for those who actually see it, I certainly don’t. The factory is like a cavern, I arrive in the morning and leave at night.

  • March 24, 1945

    At 11:50 the siren goes off. They send us to the factory’s basement, even a rudimentary bomb would make this place collapse. But they won’t let us out, we’re worse off than slaves, whereas workers from other factories are allowed to go wherever they please. I took advantage of the fact that nobody was watching […]

  • Holy Monday 1945

    Tonight, when I got home from work there was finally a letter waiting for me. I picked it up and noticed my handwriting on the envelope. I was confused, I didn’t stop to think that it could’ve been from one of the many letters I sent with return envelopes through the Red Cross of Vienna. […]

  • Holy Tuesday 1945

    I didn’t sleep much last night, I kept waking up. Every time I woke up, I shed some tears and had a knot in my throat. I kept picturing my wife and my dear children. I kept remembering, as if it were yesterday, the summer of 1943, before the Germans dragged me away from my […]

  • Wednesday March 28, 1945

    It’s very cloudy and it’s raining too. Up until Palm Sunday the weather was nice and warm, it hadn’t even been this warm last summer. But since Holy Monday, it’s been drizzling. I’m feeling better now, that angst I was plagued with until yesterday has now subsided. The news from my wife that they are […]

  • Holy Saturday 1945

    Today around noon, while we were working in the usual factory, the siren went off. It ended in an hour, without any damage. We hadn’t heard any pre-raid sirens or sirens in a few weeks, we thought perhaps there had been a summit to end this damn war but sadly that isn’t the case, it’s […]

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