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27th February 1945

Our neighbor the factory owner was down in the mouth today. His downtown office was burned down in the last raid. Three caretakers were supposed to be on the premises that day, which was Sunday, but on Saturday night all three had decided to go home and spend the night with their respective wives. The snowstorm and the early alarm prevented them from returning to their posts the next morning so that when the fire-bombs fell there was no one around to put but the conflagration. The men are now facing investigation, trial, and punishment. He said that one of his factories had also been raided. Many schoolgirls on voluntary labor service were killed by strafing carrier-borne planes because they had refused to take shelter to show their patriotic spirit.