6. November 1941
On a rainy day (06 Nov 1941) we reach Barwenkowo. I had to vacate my initially assigned quarters with a beautiful daughter for members of the division staff (of course). Instead, I move with my men into a hut on the outskirts of town, where two very grumpy girls receive us. Surely it is no pleasure for them to take in four filthy and drenched men. But besides, they seem to hate us.
Barwenkowo is a larger village, more like a giant village in appearance. Most of the houses have only a ground floor and a roof. They are mud or half-timbered houses (the framework made of beams, the walls of mud), thatched roofs. They stand at intervals of thirty to fourty metres along the usually very wide roads, are usually separated from the road by a fence and have a vegetable garden at the back.
Only the stone school or party building or the church usually stands out from the sea of low houses. In the villages - if they are church villages - even the onion-domed village churches are often wooden. The wells are vital. In the larger villages they are quite far apart, so that the women sometimes have to walk quite a long way to fetch water. They then put a yoke across their shoulders with a bucket attached to both ends with a string or chain. They then put a piece of wood on top of the water to prevent it from spilling over. The village well is then always the meeting place for women and girls, and you often see them standing there chatting and laughing together.
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