February 8, 1945

Americans themselves say nothing will remain of our beloved city. The Japanese have gone on an orgy of savage burning…The Japanese cornered have turned on 500,000 civilians. The American soldier says “I am used to deaths and killing but my flesh creeps when I remember what I have seen”. He said the acrid smell of burning flesh rises from high in the winds, that the streets are littered with the dead.

October 15, 1944

The streets are full of starving people who swarm the gates of the houses insistently, desperately begging for rice, for a little soup, for crumbs, for anything. Even during the air raids, while planes fly overhead and bombs shake the earth, this starving army of beggars patrol the streets dragging themselves and their starved bodies from door to door, unaware of possible death from the skies, aware only of the pain of the hunger gnawing at their entrails.