Letter from Katherine Fite to Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fite, September 10, 1945. K. Lincoln Papers, War Crimes File. (Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum & Library)
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Office of U.S. Chief of Counsel
Dearest Mother and Daddy,
Please send me immediately via APO 403, four bath towels and four hand towels. Not necessarily in good tip-top condition, but at least absorbent. I understand that you can send this via APO if you show the postmaster this written request of mine.
We flew over to Nuremberg today and are at present in the "Grand" Hotel - really remarkably comfortable. They have done much to restore it and I have a private room with a bath and occasional hot water. But no towels. I have one dirty un-absorbent hand towel I bought at PX in London. Maybe when we move into private house billets we can use the owners' towels, but I think I had better have my own as soon as possible to be safe.
The food here is excellent, and one eats from dishes not trays and a tablecloth. But there remains much to be done to restore the hotel. One climbs to the third floor, then walks across a system of planks to reach the other side of the building. Quite safe of course, but I think we had better come home sober.
The trip over was in a "bucket job", i.e. no upholstery but long metal benches. It was cloudy, and tho it was comparatively smooth, I felt groggy and consequently did no sightseeing out the semi-opaque window. So no thrills this time.
It is almost two months since I was here and I note distinctly more activity on the streets and lots more Germans.
Must to bed.
Lots of Love,
P.S. I lie in bed comfortable with nice little bedside lamp. I look out at pitch black ruins.
Also send some wire coat hangers. They don't weigh much. Put in all you can sans being bulky. I have one.