Item 07: Hector Brewer diary, 17 November-12 December 1918 - Page 33

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We have ample evidence of their complete subjugation by the Germans.
Everybody had to be in bed and all lights out by a certain hour each evening.
If when passing an officer in the street a civilian failed to raise his hat or a woman to curtsey they were fined 25 marks.
A tax of 5 marks was imposed on everybody to enable them to live in their own homes.
Even now it is a common thing to see hats doffed to officers and girls curtseying. Everybody wears a very subdued expression on their faces but they are coming out of their shells a little as each day goes by.

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