November 25, 1944

Nov. 25th Air-raid siren at 7:30 – Bombing has started. At 4:00 PM the air raid alarm is still on – The bombing has been sporadic – The bombs somewhat heavier – Grace Park, The Port Area, and the railroad [172] lines & roadways leading [sic]28 of the City to the Northwest were strafed &..

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November 24, 1944

Nov. 24th No action - It is interesting to note how intelligent people can torture themselves. Perhaps they derive pleasure from this torture – a form of masochism – Internees who for perhaps fairly sound reasons believed that our troops would be in Manila by the middle of December, now argue with much less reason..

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November 23, 1944

Nov. 23rd No action – few rumors – Thanksgiving menu – 1 scoop rice, 4 oz thin vegetable gravy, 1 oz radish tops – But, nevertheless, a far better Thanksgiving than last year. Oh how I shall enjoy mother’s dinners again!! In the last month I have read J. P. Marquand’s “The Late George Apley,”..

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November 22, 1944

Nov. 22nd Still under Air-alert. Some internees say they heard all night the rumbling of guns & flickering of lights far to the South – In a great arc from Southeast to Southwest – that would center around Calamba, if I am not mistaken. The air alert ended at 2PM – We are back to..

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November 21, 1944

Nov. 21st The air-raid siren went off at 4:25 AM. Now it is after 10 o’clock, the air-raid alarm is still on, not a plane has appeared. We hear that 400 planes bombed Mariveles & Corregidor. A rumor, of course. But something is happening – I am sure of it – For the first time..

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November 20, 1944

Nov. 20th Perhaps bodies are not the determining factor in our lives – Wilfred Grenfell, Marie Curie, Pasteur, Mozart, Beethoven, Schiller – all worked under physical handicaps & hunger. It is great comfort to realize this – there is a difference, of course – all of them were working towards some definite goal, in a field..

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November 19, 1944

Nov 19th The air-raid signal sounded at 6:00 AM today – There had been bombing to the South since 5:30 – some of our planes came over about 8:15 and bombed & strafed the airfield, the Port Area and the main railroad station – one plane was shot down in a dog fight – Just one..

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November 18, 1944

Nov. 18th When the Committee saw the Commandant about an increased ration, he told them “You do not realize that Japan is fighting a total war – America and England are not. Every man, woman & child in Japan is fighting the war for our very existence – We do not care, therefore, whether you..

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November 17, 1944

Nov. 17th What I have expected has come to pass – our camp reserves of rice are exhausted. And starting tomorrow we will receive only 225 grams of cereal daily – nothing else – This is equal to about 950 calories – 1/3 of what we need – The children will have some milk and..

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