Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (War Memoirs, Volume by Spike Milligan

By Spike Milligan

'At Victoria station the R.T.O. gave me a shuttle warrant, a white feather and an image of Hitler marked 'This is your enemy'. I searched each compartment, yet he wasn't at the train'. Spike Milligan's at the march, blitzing buddy and foe alike together with his uproarious memories of military existence from enlistment to the touchdown at Algiers in 1943. Bathos, pathos and gales of drunken laughter, and insane army goonery explode in superlative Milliganese.

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I remember that in the room of about 15-square meters where we lived for weeks, there were no fewer than 25 people, who could lie down only in shifts. After that began the deportations to Transnistria, a region in the Ukraine, East of the river Dniestr. Three quarters of the Jewish population of Czernowitz were deported. And Czernowitz was a fortunate exception, because in the rest of the Bukowina the entire Jewish population shared this fate. Of those deported, the majority perished in the camps.

For this reason, when we moved in 1945 to Romania, our first stop was Suceava, a small town in Southern Bukowina, where I passed, in two months, some equivalence examinations, which entitled me to enter the sixth grade of the lyceum. In Suceava I also had an experience which would play a decisive role in my future life. In 1941 the Soviets, before leaving Czernowitz, had requisitioned and then burnt all the radio sets to insulate the population from any contact with the outside world. (After the war this Soviet disinformation policy would continue by jamming Western broadcasts).

When the newly arrived Soviets entered such a restaurant they were amazed to find here a menu, from which one could choose. They were even more surprised that they could order as many courses as they liked. While in capitalist countries the poorer people did not have enough money, in the Soviet Union money was, apparently, not a problem; the problem was that there was nothing to buy with that money. Therefore in the restaurants, orders by the emaciated Soviets of omelettes made of ten eggs became standard.

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