"Nobody escapes war service in Germany. Children serve in air-raid squads; women work very hard...The black market flourishes everywhere. More fats are required, as are fruits and vegetables, for the people's strength is declining. A report I have seen of Health Minister Conti shows that the mortality rate for some diseases rose 49 percent in 1941 - 1942."
SS General Heinrich Himmler, who lorded over the German home front, ordered the death of one father who failed to be more cryptic about the despair in Germany when writing his son on the Russian front. The article is peppered with similar anecdotes.
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