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The Avalon project at Yale - a treasure for writers

I discovered a treasure:  Project Avalon at Yale

Below I am pasting an official document pulled out randomly - but how fascinating it is that each such document carries chilling stories with it.  As an example, Hans-Georg von Friedeburg ("VON FRIEDEBURG" below) is the only german who signed the surrender of both the German Armed Forces in Northern Europe and of the German Navy.  He took poison two weeks later.
Act of Military Surrender Signed at Berlin on the 8th day of May, 1945
59 Stat. 1957; Executive Agreement Series 502 1. We the undersigned, acting by authority of the German High Command, hereby surrender unconditionally to the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force and simultaneously to the Supreme High Command of the Red Army all forces on land, at sea, and in the air who are at this date under German control.
2. The German High Command will at once issue orders to all German military, naval and air authorities and to all forces under German control to cease…

Irving: I seemed to have a need to want to be alone

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"...I had a need to come home from school by myself...There was that desire and a comfort on being alone…"               John Irving - How to tell if you're a writer