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77 years ago: Hong Kong's wartime diaries

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  • 7 May 1945, Barbara Anslow's diary

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    Mon, 7 May 1945

    Paper says that Northern Germany, Norway, Denmark etc. have surrendered as from 8.30am on Friday 4th May.   Hitler apparently 'was deprived of his life'; by a 'Red Army bullet' when coming down a staircase in his residence with a weapon in his hand - on May 1st.

    Bought 4 ozs. tomatoes from the Anguses for a pound of rice. ((Mrs. M. Angus - 72,  2 sons Herbert 'Ginger' Angus - 37, Frank Angus - 36; daughter-in-law Mrs Hilda Angus (41) all in camp (but not Hilda's husband).))

    Went up to Lena and Thomas Edgar's bungalow and had a lovely tea - lettuce tomatoes, bread and butter, bread and beancurd, tea with cube sugar, and little tarts.

    Miss S. Spencer (nurse) has had some short stories published (pre-camp).

  • 07 May 1945, R. E. Jones Wartime diary

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    Mon, 7 May 1945

    Overcast. squally wet E wind.

    Odd jobs.

    Sat & Sun papers arrived.

    General surrender of German troops in Denmark, Norway, Holland, Germany & Italy 4th. 1,000,000 to Montgomery. Hitler shot by Reds 3rd on his way to kill Himmler’s family. Kyushu bombed. Europe finished except for clearing up odd spots. Now for the Far East we hope.

    More A/r tunnels commenced & the sand bagging of certain rooms projected.  

    ∴G.

  • 07 May 1945, Eric MacNider's wartime diary

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    Mon, 7 May 1945

    “(Jubilation) The war in Europe may now be definitely said to be over.”

  • 07 May 1945, John Charter's wartime journal

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    Mon, 7 May 1945

    Well, April 23rd went by without (as far as I know) anything spectacular happening: so much for my forcasts! But, thank God! It looks as though Germany has at last given up the struggle.

    The news from Europe has been very exciting of late: the whole of Germany is now virtually occupied by our allied troops with just a few pockets still holding out. Hitler is reported dead (killed in Berlin by a Russian bullet). Goebbels has committed suicide; Berlin has fallen to the Russians; Hamburg has capitulated to the British; the Germans in Denmark are laying down their arms and, apparently in Norway there are signs of them surrendering. But in spite of all that this means – that the war in Germany is virtually over – there is not a great deal of excitement here; just a feeling of thankfulness that it is all over (Churchill is on his way to Germany for the official surrender); the end has been too long coming, too inevitable and too horrible to give one a feeling of excitement or elation. It was not like the end of the last war when the armies were still opposing each other in the field and the end came suddenly.This end has been too horrible; like hacking at the carcass of a stricken animal; our forces blasting the German cities to bits, and the Germans mobilising women and children from 13 to 15 to help in the defence! This has been the last great crime of the Nazis. What good could it possibly do to bring their enemies right into their cities, thus making inevitable the destruction of thousands of civilian lives as well as the greater part of the cities themselves with all their historic and artistic treasures. It went beyond heroism and amounted to brutal national suicide. There must and will be misery in Germany for years to come. Today’s paper gives news of 3rd May which is 4 days old, so it is possible by now that all fighting has ceased. How wonderful if that is so! But they may hold out in some places for a few weeks yet.

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