June __, 1933
|Haltingen, ___June 1933
Dear Uncle and Family
I would like to write you once again. Around Whitsuntide (Pentecost) I was home once again to Siegelau. To make the holiday even more enjoyable a letter from you arrived which all of us enjoyed much. From your letter we learned that all of you are well, but that you moved. You may have found it difficult to move in your old days. Well, life demands many kinds of duties and most often takes away usually that which has become dear and important to us. None of the great scholars were able to master their own fate nor that of others; he had to leave it up to someone higher and thus it is probably always the best if we submit to the very highest, thus avoiding all doubt and disappointment.
Employment opportunities for us have somewhat diminished again, but there is still enough for us to live. If I can get a better job somewhere else, I will change my role. This close to the border it is rather uncomfortable.
Well, dear Uncle, I now want to return to your letter from home. You write that you would like to have a book on your home region. You are referring to a book by Bader. Indeed, dear Uncle, that book is still around and I have had it in my possession for 20 years now. I really enjoyed it very much that you could still remember it after such a long time, but Fahrlanders do not ever forget anything they have once seen. I have to admit openly I would not have let it out of my hands since it can not be purchased anymore. I have now read it once again to firmly remember its contents. It really is an interesting and good book. You will certainly enjoy being able to immerse yourself again in your leisure hours in the history of your old home region. In order to give a book by Bader the necessary appeal I also enclose for your daughter a travel book on the Black Forest for the purpose of better orientation. I certainly hope that your daughter will enjoy it and that it will fill a desire of hers, providing her with the opportunity to gain a historical and geographical picture of the home of her Father. Her Father will certainly be most happy to assist and to enjoy reading to her about the world famous Black Forest with its rich chronicles of the old and new period. May your daughter always consider it as a piece of tie with us Germans, especially since her Father used the same as a book of study. Enough about this topic.
Unfortunately the Almighty has again demanded a sacrifice from you. We regret it very much that such a young life was destroyed by such a disease.* We too have lost two brothers.
In the week before Whitsuntide, the brother of the Winter Farmer who had come to visit here from America, was here with us. He told my Father various things about America. As far as I know he left again on the 15th of this month. Should I ever have some money my first trip would be to you. Perhaps it may become possible due to some favorable circumstances. At times it is quite enjoyable to indulge in illusions. Well, for the time being I am only dreaming of it and you do not have to fear that I will come snowing in.
I also took some pictures during the Pentecost period and enclose some. You will probably be able to determine where the pictures were taken.
Well, I think that I have just about covered everything again. Perhaps I will send the book from Switzerland because of the strict customs regulations; whichever works out best. Please let us know soon whether you receive the things. Your daughter should go right ahead and write us. I can read English all right. I only have a hard time with writing (grammar).
After a few days I continue and mail the things at the same time. I am in a hurry again since the post office will close right away. I do hope that everything will arrive well.
Well, I would like to conclude now and wish you all the best. Please let us hear from you again. Best regards from all of us to all of you.
*Referring to death of Ed, in 1932.