ANOTHER LETTER FROM TRIESTE To the Editor In reading the extracts from ai? anonymous Auckland driver's letters published in Friday's Star I was amazed at the contrast between his impressions and those of my husband, an officer in the Engineers who has been stationed just outside Trieste during the same period and has travelled quite widely in the district, with considerable opportunities for meeting both the people of Trieste and Tito's partisans. He has made friends with two families in Trieste and visited their homes and attended the opera with them and at another time he was present at a dance attended by both our boys and partisans where the non-fraternisa-tion ban was generally ignored. He speaks with admiration of Tito's lean, tough guerillas, with their miscellaneous equipment and svmpathises with their feeling that" as Allies, they had every bit as much right as New Zealanders to occupy a town or locality which they captured first. He speaks of Trieste as a town of largely Fascist supporters a wealthy pleasure resort where the girls are notoriously looser than in any other Italian city. He expresses the opinion that atrocity rumours were freely circulated to stimulate a willingness in our men to fight and he neither witnessed any nor knew anyone who had. He regrets that the threat of starvation should have been used to exert pressure on Tito's forces. Apart from these contradictions between the letters of my husband and that of the driver the following remarks struck me very forcibty: He says the.New Zealanders were all "semi-millionaires through selling margarine at £2 5/ a pound, bully beef for 15/ a tin, etc." That in a starving city! Would our boys profiteer like that among the starving? Shame on any who did! It is what the Nazis did, but we New Zealanders should have higher standards. And the other thing is his story that "Tito's rabble" (who fought the Germans unaided for three years) branded with a hammer and sickle girls of whom they disapproved. That story is palpably untrue. The partisans have the utmost respect for the hammer and sickle and any girls who were branded with ft must have been branded by Fascists. As for the girls' who came to live with the Kiwis, my husband comments on that, too, but to a different tune. NON-FICTION.
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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945
CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945
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