Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Letter from Katherine Fite to Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fite, September 23, 1945. K. Lincoln Papers, War Crimes File. (Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum & Library)

Sunday, Sept. 23

Dearest Mother and Daddy,

No trips to write about this week - except a trip around Nuremberg itself this afternoon. It must have been a beautiful city - the old walled part. By this time one takes destruction for granted - but the destruction here, concentrated in a relatively small area, is terrific. A fat old German acted as our guide - you couldn't tell how he felt about it all. He told someone Hitler had said give him ten years and you wouldn't recognize Germany. Well, he had his ten years, and you couldn't recognize Germany. Albrecht Durer's house is only partially gone - I should think it could be restored. The house of Hans Sachs, the Meistersinger is just completely gone. In some places we saw the entrances to the places where people are still living underground. Germany certainly has a bumper crop of children. You see thousands that must be under five years old.

I am still living at the Hotel and hope to stay on here. The hot water (at intervals) is a luxury - and everyone eats here. The girls have a sort of dormitory in an apartment house which I have a horror of - and anyway I find only one or two of them companionable. The officers whom I know best have just moved into a house in the suburbs - a fine house, but no hot water. For transportation one simply calls for a car or a jeep.

All day long the trucks and sometimes tanks roll by - almost an unbroken stream. Sometimes, like today, you see convoys of soldiers going home. Really all the news the Stars and Strips features is about points and going home - redeployment - repple depple. I get sick of it but can understand their obsession.

I don't know about Christmas. Now they're talking about going to trial around Dec. 1st. I don't really see how they can possibly before. My detail is for 3 or 4 months, i.e. Oct. 15 or Nov. 15. Mr. Hackworth was firm about no longer. Actually I think I could arrange to stay if I wanted to. Whether I want to will depend on how things move here. I certainly want to see the actual trial - but the court room is small so with an immense staff, we won't get in often. So we shall see how things go.

We get no news here save in the Stars and Stripes. And the German edition is less good than the English - all repple-depple.

Your letters come through in 8 to 12 days. How about mine?

Lots and lots of love,