We regularly had air-raid drills at school. The principal sounded the
siren: a big, red cylinder with a crank on it to emit the warning
sounds. Our game of hide-and-seek began as soon as we heard the
first shrill cries of the red contraption. We tried to save ourselves
in various ways, depending on the severity of the anticipated attack.
Minor attacks meant we should hide under our desks. If a very
dangerous attack was at hand, we had to sit plastered against the
inside walls of the school corridor.
The principal cleverly explained that the bombs that fell upon a house or a school would blow the walls outwards. This is why we had to sit along the inside walls. I never understood why the inside wall wouldn't fall on our heads as it exploded outwards.
These games were rather amusing. We knew that no bombing raid was imminent, but it transformed the school into a playground.
12th March, 1997
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