16 FEBRUARY 1945, Page 14


Sia,—In thinking about the appalling suffering of Silesian and other women fleeing through Berlin, I have been wondering how far these are women wholly under Nazi influence. My mind goes back to a delightful Riigen family in the late nineties, one of the daughters of which lived with us as a governess for years. Her breadth of mind and real Christianity stand out as beacons in my childhood. I cannot believe that those qualities can be completely annihilated in the next generation. Would it be entirely beyond practical possibility for some scheme to be set up whereby some women who have lost their children and their husbands (if they have retained their reason) could be absorbed into English homes for a while? There they could be helped to realise that love still exists as the dominating power.

Each case would need much investigation, but to a woman in whom " gernutlichkeit " had been the essence of home life any form of institu- tional life even by foreigners would be anathema. Each home taking one or more would need the strictest inspection to avoid the danger of the new inmate merely becoming a domestic help..

There are some households in our country where residence would prove a form of adult education of value beyond words.—Yours truly,

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