By Annie Dröege
Annie's struggle tells the tale of an Englishwoman held lower than digital apartment arrest in Germany throughout the First global warfare. Annie Drummond Dröege had moved from the uk to Germany while her husband Arthur inherited lands and estates within the Rhineland. yet their dream lifestyles become a nightmare while the Kaiser went to warfare with Britain. And Annie's lifestyles used to be grew to become the wrong way up as Arthur used to be interned and she or he was once suggested to sign up day-by-day on the police station. this can be Annie's tale of the conflict years in her personal words.p
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If you happen to ship a parcel or letter you just deal with it to so and so, such and any such regiment and the publish forwards it to whichever state he's in. Wednesday 6tth January. it's 9 weeks because Arthur left right here and there's no signal of him coming domestic in any respect. at the present time rain has set in and the streets are dreadful with melting snow. There aren't any males to wash it and the phone is sort of at a standstill. such a lot of wires are damaged and so few males are left the following to fix – all being on the entrance. i must take my picture to the police this present day. Belle received a ‘Times’ (it was once an ideal deal with) of December twenty fifth. It gave us such excitement. Thursday seventh January. it's Belle’s birthday so I went around to congratulate her. She had obtained a card from Arthur and a letter from Emily. The latter says they're on their option to Nijmegen (Netherlands) and the cardboard was once from Köln. I had a trip additionally from Frau Grebe and her mom. She tells me that if her son will get clear of Ruhleben then he needs to visit front. he's thirty-five. males as much as forty-five are known as up so i'm comfortable Arthur is the place he's. It has rained all day and the snow is sort of long past. One feels so sorry for the bad infantrymen. this night a 3 day instruction for an entire day of prayer commences. We visit a sermon within the cathedral for the 1st instruction the following day the eighth, that is a quick day. Saturday is an afternoon of coaching and confession. Sunday is for communion and the delivering up of the entire day in devotion everywhere Germany for peace. it's a grand thought with the total kingdom (Catholics) at one in prayer and fasting and Holy Communion for the single nice reason. allow us to wish there's quickly a outcome. Belle, Rosie and that i went to the Dom early. there has been an outstanding preacher and where was once packed. however the much less acknowledged in regards to the sermon the higher. after all, England used to be in charge for every little thing. Friday eighth January. We went to fulfill Frau v. d. Busch this present day it being her birthday. within the morning a policeman got here right here for my delivery and marriage date and so on. I bought in a hobble whilst I went to the police for Arthur had no longer introduced us once we got here to stick right here. it seems that once you return right into a position to stick over every week you need to visit the police of where. you need to provide your age, fatherland, identify and so forth. in case you don't accomplish that you're fined 8 shillings. after all they locate you out in the event you remain longer. i assume Arthur had extra to think about. I requested if my guy had now not introduced himself on the police, how was once it that he was once a prisoner. i presumed we were amused sufficient and stated i assumed the overlook lay upstairs with the police leader. I stated that i couldn't comprehend them. i believe they have been comfortable to allow me pass. They have been bored with listening to: ‘I comprehend not’. within the night we went to the Dom to listen to what the daddy needed to say yet he was once too ailing to evangelise. i used to be no longer sorry for I loved the sermon from a distinct priest much better. Saturday ninth January. while I visited Rosie v. d. Busch this present day I stated how I had anticipated Arthur, after he had written, to come back domestic. yet she acknowledged i have to no longer want him loose as all of the males as much as forty-five were up for inspection.