1945 January 15th

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A 288 Nogent, 15th January 1945                                                            Yvonne Brizard

My dear Nancy,

Your letter of 24th November reached me on 12th January. I was really pleased to get such a lot of news from you. I am very surprised that you ask about Mrs Holman, because she has certainly written to you several times. We often speak of you and she told me that she had written to you on more than one occasion. I shall tell her about your letter to me.

I am pleased that I may possibly see you in the near future. And I hope that it is the near future, although the war is dragging on so long…Will it be finished by the end of this year?

Finally I was delighted last week to have a visit from Jean. He came from T…R…and came to finish up his 9 days leave with us. He is now in the Vosges and I am worried about him with the cold weather we are having. It hasn’t stopped snowing here for several days and many people have no heating. What hardship we’re having all round.

Your house is occupied by people evacuated from the faubourg St Hilaire. There and in the rue St Lazare, several houses have been completely destroyed, and the inhabitants have been put up, either in empty houses or with other people. Among others in your house, there’s Miss Robin who works at … I fear that your former ‘home’ will be in a sorry state when you come back.

There will be much to tell you and much that is not so pleasant…Miss Choisnard (the daughter of Mr Jules Choisnard) is in prison and condemned to 10 years hard labour. She had been a great admirer of the British, but she then came under the influence of Héritier at the school and became an out and out collaborator. It has cost her dear. Louise Bourgerie is in an internment camp for having scandalously consorted with the Boches and the list is not yet closed on all this.

And the black market is not very pleasant either and it’s taking on frightening proportions. You can’t get anything. The Boches have stripped us bare, right down to the last little thing we had.

We have not forgotten you, you can be sure. I hope that on the other side of the Channel life is better and easier.

If you will be so kind, please drop me a line from time to time. I would be so pleased to see you and Mrs Powell again. Please give her my love. And what I would say is, let it be soon.

With all my love

Y. Brizard

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