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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: 4-25-41 No fresh news from Greece. We cannot win a victory there. Reports say the Germans sacrifice their own troops “sickeningly.” It is said their losses in the battle last week were 75,000 killed and 200,000 wounded. Their numbers are endless, and last year in France, Hitler said he was willing to lose a million men to gain the battle.



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April 25, 1941
It is a quiet night. Still sharply cold, a stiff wind blowing, but a clearer sky this morning, and then sun shining a little later. No fresh news from Greece. We cannot win a victory there. Reports say the Germans sacrifice their own troops “sickeningly.” It is said their losses in the battle last week were 75,000 killed and 200,000 wounded. Their numbers are endless, and last year in France, Hitler said he was willing to lose a million men to gain the battle.
Last night Rita Pullan came over. She brought a message from Cuthie. In a card she had received from him he asked her to let us know he had received the books and the chessmen. Whilst she was here an old man came over to collect one of Ted’s old suits. His name was Wizen, and he is the husband of one of old Mrs. Burton’s daughters. Later in the evening Ted got on to the subject of this family, singing their praises.
America is very slowly but surely being talked into the war. Talk again! Last night Cordell Hull and Colonel Know were talking about quick aid to Britain, and how to give it, convoys etc., whilst Lindbergh was talking against it.
About Lindbergh, today’s Times reports: “The ‘America First’ Committee, organized to oppose American intervention in the war, staged a mass meeting here (New York) last night. Which was addressed by Colonel Lindbergh, Miss Kathleen Norris, a writer of sentimental novels (they mean Mrs. Kathleen Norris, of course) and Senator David A. Walsh of Massachusetts, one of the leading non-interventionists in Congress.”
About 25,000 persons listened to their speeches: 10,000 in the hall; Manhattan Center, where the meeting was held; and the remainder, with the aid of loud speakers, in another hall and in streets round about.
Some of the wildest cheers came when Colonel Lindbergh repeated his familiar assertion, “It is obvious that England is losing the war,” and declared with respect to the nations to which she had promised assistance, “We know that she has misinformed them, as she has misinformed us, concerning her state of preparation, her military strength, and the progress of the war.” Colonel Lindbergh asserted that he believed that even the British government realized that “England is losing the war” and “that they hope they may be able to persuade us to send another expeditionary force to Europe and to share with England militarily as well as financially the fiasco of this war.” He asserted “that America had been led towards war by a minority of her people. This minority had power and influence and a loud voice. It did not represent the American people. Most of the people had no influence or power. Up to now they had relied upon their vote to express their feelings, but now they find it is hardly remembered, except in the oratory of a political campaign. These people, the majority of hard working American citizens, are with us.”
He made clear that in his mind the only practical course for America was to keep as far away from as was possible. Senator Walsh, described the “propaganda” which he said had brought the United States to its present position in respect to war, and he ended his address with an attack on the proposal to convoy supplies to England. “Convoys,” he shouted, “mean war. Do we want war?”
“No,” roared the audience.
This morning’s New York Times (April 24) commented under the headline, “Colonel Lindbergh’s Realism: ‘At one point and at only one point in his address last night did Colonel Lindbergh have a good word to say for the British people in this hour of their struggle to survive.’ He believes that ‘it will be a tragedy to the whole world if the British Empire collapses.’ Therefore, runs the argument of a man who spoke in the name of realism, let us take no risks to help prevent it from collapsing.”
So! Lindbergh is not ashamed to keep his head and keep his belief that war is wrong for America, and to say so. The big boys of America have already tied up their finances with Great Britain, and they will maneuver America into the war to save their money, spouting all the time about ideals and liberty, of course! So the war will go on and on, until another million or so common men have been slaughtered.
Churchill’s speeches, Roosevelt’s oratory. We shall pay for all this fine talk. Why don’t they talk, quietly and soberly, with Hitler? Hitler is winning the war. Why not come to terms with him sensibly? Go and be reconciled with your adversary quickly! But no! We must have our fire-works first. Our glory, our honor, our sacrifices, etc.
I loathe the men who talk sacrifices. The other man’s sacrifices they usually mean. Like Ted, who told Joan he would greatly sacrifice the boys, and me, would gladly see us die lingering and cruel deaths, if by doing so we could defeat Hitler. Yes, he’d applaud the sacrifice. We could die the deaths. Oh, men and their wars; men and their talk. I hate men.
The blatant assumptions that Britain and America are wholly virtuous whilst Germany is wholly vile. Oh God, such absurdity makes me sick. Each country trying to corral God in for umpire! How he must laugh! Meanwhile common people everywhere suffer and die. Where will the bombs drop tonight? London, Berlin, Athens, Romford.



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