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I am the great-granddaughter of Ruby Side Thompson. 
Recently I started re-reading the World War ll journals and felt that they were such an important part of a history that will soon be forgotten if not published and shared with the world. These diary excerpts are not the entirety of what is published in print and kindle.
Ruby grew up during a time when education was just beginning to be encouraged for both upper and middle class women. During the late 1890's Ruby explored many radical political ideas of London, England. She met many famous people including the writers George Bernard Shaw and William Butler Yeats. 
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World War ll London Blitz: 9-11-39 All street meetings, processions, crowds, etc. are forbidden.

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September 11, 1939
Mary, who returned to her job this week, was telling us something of how things look in the city. Ted, of course, did not go to Forest Gate tonight. The Guild has had to close down. All street meetings, processions, crowds, etc. are forbidden. Anyhow, even if they weren’t, you couldn’t hold a meeting anywhere in the pitch-dark streets. However, this is not any sort of ending or a suspension of the Guild, which makes any difference to me. I asked Ted to give up the Guild for my sake; he refused. Now he hasn’t given up the Guild, the Guild has given up him automatically, because it ceases to function. So I still don’t go to mass. I think I am more Un-Catholic than ever. I have NO belief in the Roman Church and I don’t want to have. It has, I think, quite ceased to matter to me. Well, here in the Guild is another example of Ted’s childish obstinacy. He just wouldn’t give up the Guild because it was a matter of vital importance to me. He just refused to give it up, like the matter of moving the bed. It’s a sort of moron obstinacy, which he shares, with Selma.
September 18, 1939
Yesterday the Russians invaded Poland on the East. This is the end of Poland. What is it the beginning?
I hoped for letters from America this morning, but there were none. Anyhow, I had made up my mind to cable the boys, so I dressed and was out by half past nine. I went directly to the post office and cabled Harold and Jim care of the Herald Tribune. I asked them to combine, and get me into America. I asked them to see the immigration officials, and send me a permit and passage, or cash, quickly. I intend to do everything I can to get away. Ted answered an inquiry that he would rather be in England with a war on, than in America with peace forever. Well, I wouldn’t. England is weariness to me at any time, and in wartime it would be hell. The twins are among the doomed. Airmen, God keep them! I don’t want to be here when they come home on leave. I don’t want to be here when they are wounded or killed. I don’t want to be here, shut up with Ted and his pettiness and paltriness. I want to get where my “safe” children are, with their little ones. I want the happiness of being with my children for a little while before I die. I want to be in America, the land that I love.
Maybe I won’t be able to do it, maybe the boys won’t help, maybe the consul won’t give me a visa, and maybe Ted will obstruct me. I don’t know.
I am going to try to get to America, with all my might, and once there I will never return here again. I am sick of England, and the whole fantastic life Ted makes me live.
From the post office I went into the arcade and into Jean Claire’s, the tailorI ordered a warm woolen coat, paid a deposit on it, and am to go for a fitting on Saturday. Then I went into Stone’s and bought a supply of buttons and sewing silks, and now I am going to get set to sewing. I have some nylon to make nightgowns, and some black cloth to make a dress. I intend to work systematically on getting my wardrobe in order for traveling. Au-Revoir.

1 comment:

  1. Poland at that time finished to exist, until 1945. Very quickly it is said that the Polish territory was divided between Germany and the USSR, but it is not true. In fact, Lithuania gathered some Polish territory (where it moved the new capital -> Vilnius) and it is still keeping, while Germany (loser in 1945) and the USSR (disappeared in 1992) today are not keeping even a square cm of those gainings.
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