March 29, 1940
Vilna, Poland [now Vilnius, Lithuania]
Today, we sent you a package with the things that you asked for: two sports
shirts, handkerchiefs, socks, bread and lard. You probably already received
the package from the 13th of March. We also sent you a few postcards. We
received your letter and cards. I see you are doing pretty well. It is
good that you write often.
You asked for more letters from me. Dear Sasha, with pleasure I will write
you more often. But first of all, you should understand that I can't write
so much. I just don't have that much to write about. And it is not so easy
for me to write long letters in Polish or in German. I think that you won't
be able to appreciate everything that I will write. But to give you
something to read I will try hard to fill up these pages.
Yes, dear Sasha, it has been a whole year since you left us. During that
year both you and we have had many experiences. But it is good that we are
alive and are able to correspond with each other. And the day will come
when we will see each other again.
That day will be the happiest day in our lives and in the lives of your
parents. You can't imagine how much we and your parents worried until we
had that first letter from you, and had the news that you were alive. Many
people from Vilna had already come back, and we hadn't had any news from
you. But we didn't give up hope. And then one beautiful day we received
your first postcard.
On that day Sonia [Shep's sister], Bluma [Meier's wife] and I were in the
business. We all cried from happiness and read your card many times. You
can't picture the happiness of your Mother and Father on that day. Now, a
few months have passed. We live with the hope that one day we will see
each other again. And I hope that we don't have to wait too long for it.
About your friends, I will inform you that Churgin [Izka Churgin, Shep's
best friend from childhood] is in Vilna. Doba saw him yesterday and asked
him to write to you. He promised that on Saturday he will come to us to
get your address. Frid was transported together with the Elecktric factory
Doba is in Vilna, and she will also write. Today, we received a postcard
from Mrs. Gelfand in which she writes that she received a letter from her
Dear Sasha, please write and tell us why Aronowitz [Yutka Aronowitz survived
the war] writes so little. Today his aunt, Fania Schwartz was here and she
cried a lot. Please ask him to write more often. Also, write and tell us
what you need, and your parents will send it.
For now, I have to end this letter because I have stomach pains. For a long
time I have had an ulcer. Next time, I will write more. Your Father and
Mother send their best regards. Regards also from Bluma, the children and
Your cousin, Meier