Diary of Albert E. Holland

November 4, 1944

No action – the morale is very low – jail sentences for stealing rice and mush, or for collecting two meals on one meal ticket.

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The days used to pass very quickly – we seemed to gulp time – Now with more activity The days pass very slowly –

Thomas Mann described this phenomenon in his “Magic Mountain.” In times of no special activity, when one day is just like another, and life is based on routine time passed very rapidly – we lived from holiday to holiday, and from season to season. But where there is no set routine, when life is a mosaic of events, then time passes very slowly – And where months seemed like days, hours now seem like years. It will be this way until the end of internment.

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