By Annie Dröege
Annie's conflict tells the tale of an Englishwoman held lower than digital condo arrest in Germany throughout the First global struggle. Annie Drummond Dröege had moved from the uk to Germany while her husband Arthur inherited lands and estates within the Rhineland. yet their dream lifestyles changed into a nightmare while the Kaiser went to warfare with Britain. And Annie's existence was once grew to become the wrong way up as Arthur used to be interned and she or he was once advised to join up day-by-day on the police station. this can be Annie's tale of the conflict years in her personal words.p
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The youngsters are available at part earlier 8 within the morning and convey their lunches with them. They get a plate of thick soup at midday and depart at part earlier 4. Their mom and dad pay twenty pfennigs an afternoon for it and two times per week they're bathed. that's what i'm going for. we now have a great toilet with lots of towels and we achieve this many childrens in step with day – ten to 12. Carole Osthaus and that i cross jointly mornings per week. different girls do an identical and there's one other morning for bathing. There are in all fifty to sixty young children during this university and within the city there are 4 such locations. the kids are so satisfied and each lodging is there for them – an outside playroom, a dozing room and a wintry weather playroom. One is de facto shocked on the info attended to. One little fellow stated to me: ‘Are you our new tub woman? ’ None are in any respect petrified of the water. Many are very poorly clad however the larger element comes from very cozy houses. Wednesday fifteenth November. acquired a letter from Arthur the day gone by within which he writes that he expects me to shuttle to England at the sixth of December and provides me the identify of a girl, a Mrs. Ferguson, who's additionally to shuttle on that day. Now, this morning I received a letter from the Commandant who tells me that the alternate of prisoners over forty-five isn't but entire and should final a few weeks earlier than the ultimate preparations. If one merely knew what to do for the simplest. even though i've got written to Arthur to assert that i will be able to have the capacity to trip at the sixth. i think extraordinarily fearful over the adventure yet shall no longer be by myself. We learn of a bad conflict in France, north of Combles, and the papers right here say that our losses have been heavy. So it should have been very undesirable. We additionally learn that we're to devour swedes rather than potatoes as an alternative. i'm afraid that they are going to now not be as gratifying as potatoes yet i'm definite they are going to be simply as fit and nutritious. I additionally observed a letter from a prisoner in England. he's in Handforth and is termed Cosie. He writes very brightly and says he's within the better of health and wellbeing. Then I pay attention of 1 within the Isle of guy who writes that they don't have sufficient to consume and that the water comes during the roof as they lie in mattress. i will be able to scarcely think that, yet his humans guarantee me it's so and that the prisoners reside the total 12 months in tents. there has been a press release the day before today that each guy as much as the age of sixty-years-old, and each girl additionally, may be known as directly to paintings for the govt.. will probably be on ammunition or another employment. They let us know that we'll no longer be crushed through England for each girl and guy there'll be operating for the conflict. humans ask yourself what it skill for girls are already doing men’s paintings and feature been for eighteen months now. issues are undesirable for Christmas without cocoa or chocolate to be bought. a lady was once chatting with me the day prior to this and she or he has had no bread for 3 complete days. She had eaten her fourteen day element in ten days. whilst I requested what she is going to do, she answered: ‘We needs to do it. there's not anything else for us. What do we do opposed to it if there isn't adequate bread and potatoes for us?