Prisoners of War News, December 1943

Tel e phone 4365 A m i cable House 252 Union Street Aberdeen .Prisoners of War News Thus saith the Lord: Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears :for thy work shall be rewarded and they shall return from the land o f the enemy.— Jer. xxxi 16. Vol. V I Dec ember 1943 No. 5 OUR MONTHLY LETTER TO PRISONERS. II. Last month I promised to tell you something o f how we at home spend our leisure time. In the first place you will readily understand that in these days we have less free time than in the days of peace. Most of us have to work harder and longer to makeup for the many who are away and in addition it is almost the exception to find someone who has not spare-time duties to perform. It would be doing a dis-service to the country however if we did not take time off to relax and enjoy ourselves and to forget for awhile the horrors o f war. It has been quite a problem in itself for some of us to decide how much pleasure is justifiable in these times. ”“Mass Observation which has been watching public opinion in Britain since 1937 found this interesting observation :“In peace-time you assume happiness is just about within your grasp and youre always finding that youve never got it but in war the general assumption is that you are living under unhappy conditions you set yourself to endure them and suddenly find that youre not really unhappy at all.” It follows that our pleasures are simpler than they used to be and perhaps for that very reason some of us enjoy them all the more. The most remarkable war-time development has been the great increase in reading by all classes of the community. The publishing trade has enjoyed a prosperity it has never known before. The powers that behave very wisely regarded this trend in public taste as one to be encouraged and have been more generous to the book trade with paper allowances than 187
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