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quote Christmas was miserable. We ate cats and dogs, we had only a little bread.
Even the horse meat had run out. We developed a system at the barricades. It was a little warmer in the basements of these houses, and, while one or two soldiers sat watching upstairs, all the rest huddled downstairs with their weapons. The guys on watch gave us a signal if anything was up. They put me up there on guard duty. Since I had pieces of cloth wrapped around my hands and wrists and couldn't hold on to anythiing, they hung a bag of nails from the ceiling. If I shook that bag it was the signal that the Russians were coming, and my comrades would charge up the basement stairs and open fire. quote

Count Friedrich Ernst von Solm
December 1942