17 Ė Gasse, No 26.
Dear brother and sister in-law!
Itís been a long time since I last wrote, but
enclosed is a family picture for you. So I
waited until I received a letter from you, but
nevertheless I didnít find the time until today
to write to see if you are still alive and what
you are doing, especially the children.
How big is your family, are
they very big? We would love to see them while
they are alive not only on the photograph, they
must be lovely children.
Dear brother and sister
in-law, have you been thinking coming home? How
does it feel in America? Also here, there are
bad hardships. But there are people who come
back and stay here and returned again.
Dear brother, if you still remember your school
colleague Ohring (?) Jakob he is also in
America, in Portland, he was there
before the war, then he returned at the age of
14. He immediately was forced to join the army.
In 1924, he left with the family to America
again. Now his wife passed away and he didnít
want to get married to a girl one in America,
Now he is coming to visit us and will get
married to a girl from here. He still has a good
memory of you.
We were in the Filoggi street, and I
looked for his family and Elsa is also
his daughter, we had no problem finding it. We
all were happy and visit together and the
children are going to write to us today.
Dear brother and sister in-law, why donít you
write to us at least once a year. You donít know
how often I think about you and my heart is
yearning for you. I have no relatives here and a
mother and a brother in Budapest and one brother
in America and nobody writes to me. From
Niki we seldom get a letter. From mother
more oftener, but that is a letter which we
always have to worry. Now she wrote again, she
is not feeling well and is very sick since
Christmas. She fell and got a cold. Niki
has no work now, and thatís how bad it is now. I
have to write you what happen to mother. Now she
is at Nikiís place.
Already it is the fourth time he left her. When
Elsa got married, she was at our place
for the wedding. Then the youngest from his
children also got married, Mother didnít find
out until she came home. Then he told his
mother, ďnow, all my children are secured and
looked after.Ē But she is too old for him, he
doesnít need her, now he found himself a younger
Mother complained because she raised the
children for 21 years and did all the work. He
started to drink but to this day she never
received a penny from him. He always talks his
way out of it, because he has no work and unable
to pay. Now itís really hard for her. Now she is
old and is unable to work, and she wants to come
to our place. I really want her, even Adolf
wants her but itís too bad because she is in
Hungary, and we are in Romania and
she needs her willpower. I will look after her
but the trip will cost lots of money and
Adolf sure is not happy and the cost will be
22 to 23 thousand lei. Not very many have lots
of money and donít give you anything. She could
stay at our place for one month. Last year she
was at our place. Then we extended it and the
cost for every month was 600 lei, but she only
received money for 3 months, then she had to go
home. Now I donít know what I should do, if she
becomes sick and they are her children, I should
write and ask her if she still wants to stay
Dear brother, donít you want to write a letter
to her and comfort her, after all she is our
mother. You know she is forgetful and really
sick. She says, if you only would write to her
once. Now Iím closing my writing, With many
regards and kisses to every one of you.
From all of us, write soon.
Elsa, Adolf, Elisabeth