Molony, William O'Sullivan, Diary, 7 August 1914

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W.O. Molony diary, [page 87]
Case Study: 
A British Teenager Caught Up in the First World War: William O’Sullivan Molony
Creator: 
Molony, William O'Sullivan
Source: 
diary
Date: 
7 August 1914
Place: Berlin
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
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Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format.

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eng
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[page 87]
August 7th 1914 Friday.
This day was particularly interesting to me and covered one of my many unpleasant experiences.
I left for the British Consulate General, Margaretenstrasse 7, and arrived their [sic] at 8:30 a.m.
Just as I neared the building, I noticed a small crowd of men gesticulating wildly, evidently to me. One of them shouted in English:—
“Drive on—we are all prisoners of war, so clear out before they catch you”!
I shouted “weiter fahren”! to the chauffeur, but while he was changing into second gear, a policeman rushed in front of the car, levelling his revolver at me, and threatened to fire on me if I went any further. I quietly paid the chauffeur and on getting out asked another policeman what it all meant. Good-natured as he was, he would only answer me:
“Sie sind jetzt Kriegsgefangene—bleiben sie bitte ruhig hier”!