Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Letter from Katherine Fite to Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fite, August 26, 1945. K. Lincoln Papers, War Crimes File. (Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum & Library)

Sunday, August 26th.

Dearest Mother and Daddy,

No great excitement this week but I have had a very social week and am consequently eager to get to bed, and so may cut this short and compensate by writing again in the middle of the week. Incidentally, I have written every week, either Fri. or Sat. or Sun. I find the mail is moving slower now. Letters are taking almost two weeks to get here. I guess so many V-J Days have upset the APO. I know they took a three day holiday here last week.

Monday we had a small dinner at the Savoy (very posh as the British say) in a private dining room for one of the officers who had to go home. Wed. to dinner with Mrs. Gill (more anon) and Thurs. to theater with same and Fri. to dinner at a French restaurant with Col. Hodgson, Pell's successor on the Commission.

I think Mrs. Gill came to town just to see me. She lives in Norwich with a friend. They were in Edinburgh when I wrote. (She thought my handwriting was yours) She and friend came on to London and I had dinner at their hotel over near the British Museum. Then the next night they got theater tickets. Theater here is a 6:30, a blackout hangover. Then afterwards I took them to dinner. Eating out isn't easy. Restaurants are crowded and you have to make reservations. There is a ceiling price of 5 shillings - but they make that up by a cover charge and liquor is frightfully expensive. Taxis are hard to get. And after midnight well nigh impossible.

To get back to Mrs. Gill - she has gotten fat - and has some false teeth but her hair isn't gray (I don't think it's a wig) and she has bangs. She looks very English - a little dumpy - and so very friendly and affectionate. She certainly adores you. Says some English friend (could it have been the one that called on us at that frightful boarding house) said you could have gone all over the U.S. and not found a nicer American. She's a little on the odd side, to be frank, and I found her friend a little easier, and awful nice. Still Mrs. Gill is a dearie and I can't exaggerate her apparently genuine affection for the Fites. The Yorkshire address is her sister's, she can't imagine how or when she sent it to you. Her address is 23 Waverley Road, Norwich, Norfolk.

We may go to Nuremberg in a couple of weeks, certainly I should say in three weeks. I shall buy a uniform - tho it's not obligatory. It costs $50 - but I need clothes and can keep warm in a uniform. And they much prefer us to have them.

According to my check book I have $394.09 minus the $26 for Garfinckel. Plus by now 2 checks in Aug. for about $136.20 - total circa $621.49. Some day this week I will send Bill Bishop a check for $202. Depending how much the gas cutout costs I should think a check for $150 could be given to the P'kpsie bank mortgage. I just want to keep $100 in the bank in Wash. so as not to have to pay too much for checks. Just let me know - also what it brings the mortgage down to. I like to hear that. I am living well within my per diem.

Won't write more but will try to write mid-week again.

Lots & lots of love


P.S. Everyone says how much better I'm looking. I feel fine, not even a cold. Must tell you the story I heard at supper from a young lieutenant in the Air Corps who has been on investigating teams in Germany. He went to Nordhausen in the very early days. Said he was sick when he came out. They discovered some SS men hiding in a vault in a V-2 factory nearby. But the Americans took them back to the camp where they had formerly been guards and pushed them back of the barbed wire with their erstwhile prisoners. When the crowd saw who was coming there was absolute silence. But as the Americans drove away, a roar went up and the Americans just drove a little faster. The lieutenant said he himself had one of the human skin tattooed lampshades for a few days - but got rid of it.