May 19th, 1945

Journal,

 

We have escaped! Two nights ago, Joseph and I convinced the guard we were Polish refugees and they allowed us to walk out of the POW camp. Hopefully it will be a few days until the British realize we are missing.

We are currently traveling towards North Central Germany. We’ve been traveling on the side of the highway, walking in ditches that keep us out of sight. Anytime a jeep or a motorcycle drives by, we scramble to hide until they have passed us. Luckily, they are so noisy we can hear them from a mile away. We have been sleeping on farms and in haystacks at night, stealing or begging food from the farms along the road. Joseph grew up in the city and does not know much about farm life. I can milk cows since I spent so much time on my grandmother’s farm. And I know how to carefully take the eggs from under the hen without disturbing her. Joseph has been pecked many times. Last night, he tried to steal some eggs and woke up the hen. She began to squawk loudly and the farmer came dashing out of the house with his gun. We ran as fast as we could and the farmer chased us all the way down to the road.

 

Henry

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