Letter from Cologne, 1945 March 15
World War, 1939-1945; United States--Army
Davis writes about a female Christian Scientist he met. He states that the organization was shut down but individuals were not prosecuted. She tells Davis her friend from Holland was smuggling her books in. Davis writes he dug through his duffel bag to find her magazines from '39 on.
March 15 1945
The people whose large house we occupied, and moved across the street, are Christian Scientists. I found their books in the house, when one of the Lt.s took them out of his room. I have talked to the woman a little, and she said that when the war started in 39, all the CS societies had to close down, and that there were only societies in the big cities in Cologne or Dusseldorf. She has gotten literature only spasmodically, thru’ a friend in Holland, who smuggled it in. I have given her some of my back quarterlies, which she hasn’t received one since 39. She has some Herolds, in German and English, and I’m going to dig down in my duffle bag and find the one you sent me, which should be a year or so more recent than the ones she has.
Altho’ the movement was shut down, the individual CS were not prosecuted; at least she was not, but this may have been due to her husband’s position, which was pretty high in business and trade circles. I have some of the maids we have employed here about the woman personally, and one of them knew her, and said she was a very nice lady..which is more than the way they speak of the rest of the wealthy (most of whom were Nazis.)