Don’t Burn Down the Neighborhood

After the Germans declared war on the USA on 11 December 1941, they cut telephone communication from the American Embassy. The senior embassy official ordered all official papers burned. The fire grew so hot that one of the handful of German policemen guarding the exterior of the embassy rapped on the door and asked the American diplomats if they would please burn their papers more slowly because they were about to set the building next door afire.

(Source: American Island in Hitler’s Reich: The Bad Nauheim Internment)

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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