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January 11, 1943

For the last four days there hasn’t been any fighting, but one never knows when or where.

This morning someone came from our farm in Barotac and told us that the Japanese went to the farmhouse and broke all of Rose’s pictures and opened Dorothy Bernas’ “aparador” (wardrobe) and took all its contents – canned goods, dress materials, linens and Dr. Bernas’ clothes. They also carried off her trunk. Dorothy had those articles brought to the farm thinking they would be safe there. The Japanese will not take anything from the houses as long as the owners are there, but once you leave your house, it is their property and they help themselves.