April 20, 1941
Vilna, Poland [now Vilnius, Lithuania]
We received your letter with the photograph. We were very happy with your
picture. Mother cried very much, but what could we do. We have to live
with the hope that the time will come when we will be able to see each
other again in person.
Dear Sasha, hold out and be in good spirits. And I hope we will all live to
see better times. There is no news. We are alive and healthy. Our parents
don't have the store anymore. I am working in
Nowa Wilejka. Noah works as a furrier. Micha
teaches at the high school. Now we have to pay rent on our own apartment
[the family owned 16 apartments at Kaldarijus 40].
We live with hope. When we see what is going on in the whole world all
things considered we still have it good here. We can get everything. There
is no shortage of food. Our spirits are holding up. Just so it shouldn't
get any worse until the war ends.
For Passover we had matzoh, and nothing was missing. In the beginning of
this month we sent you a ten kilogram package. Now, they permit a package
each month. Don't worry about us. Your parents have one concern to see
you again. We hope that this time will come soon.
We wonder why you didn't receive the medication. She wrote that she mailed
it to you. Write to her often. We are getting letters from Benjamin and
Rachel. Rachel has a beautiful little girl, and Benjamin has a son. Rivka
was here several times. Be healthy.
Regards from everybody.
Your parents, Asher and Bela [Shep's Father and Mother]