Since there's only one electric cooker in the apartment, which is useless at the moment, the girls have built a kind of brick oven on the balcony and feed it with laboriously gathered fir branches. It takes forever for them to cook their bit of gruel. [...] Then the long march back home. A poster in German and Russian proclaims the imminent opening of a "free market." By whom? For whom? A "wall paper" -- a newsheet posted on a wall -- announces the new heads of the city -- all unknown dignitaries, presumably repatriated from Moscow.
Monday May 21 1945