A ‘tit-bit’ from the end of WW 2

My Swiss aunt was married to a German. He was in the military police, sort of managed to get out of Stalingrad on the last flight out. But that is besides the point.

So my Swiss aunt, who, of course, could have come back to Switzerland to wait out the end of the war, stayed in Germany ‘just in case the husband had a day leave and might come home’. (Yes, a very loyal wife).

But again, that is besides the point.

What I wanted to tell you is this: During the war of course things were getting scare.. No coffee in the shops, no chocolates. Hardly the essentials to survive.

Therefore, the Swiss Embassy was so kind to send a parcel to all the Swiss in Germany, ones a month I think it was. This parcel contained the most essential, life saving items, such as Swiss chocolates and coffee.

The German Post Office was functioning well, even during the last days of the war.

My aunt told me that during those difficult days, the Postman brought the parcel in the night, because, as he said, ‘I know that all your neighbours will be waiting and by bringing the parcel at night I want to ensure that you can choose with whom you want to share it’.

German efficiency, to the end.

And Swiss coffee and chocolates … to the end.

The flavenoids in chocolate have been shown to improve cognitive function (Keystone)

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