Cape Town, November, 1900

To my dearest wife, Taube Kretzmar, and to my dear children, live and grow up in wealth and comfort.


Dearest wife, I have not had a letter from you this week and it is not your fault because the mail has not arrived so I await your letter every minute, and therefore this letter has to be short as one is awaiting a letter one cannot write. It is wonderful when we have our communication, one writes and one reads. But alas so it is, when you are awaiting a letter one cannot write much, so I can tell you that TG I am in good health and spirits, may God grant to hear the same from you and the children. Re: business, it has not been anything special, but at present I hope it will improve, and when this happens, with God’s help, I will inform you. Please excuse my brevity now, I would like to write much more, but how can I help myself as the writing does not come. So be satisfied with this today, things will get better in all respects, longer letter, better news, and bigger drafts and will really be a good world. I close my writing. Keep healthy and stay well, as the only wish of your dearly devoted husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


I greet cordially my dear parents, my dear father Yehuda Leib Kretzmer, and my dear mother, the chaste and modest Beile, my brothers and sisters, all be well in good fortune, according to the wish of your son and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar

I also greet cordially my dear mother-in-law Neche. I greet also heartily my dear brother-in-law, Moishe Schochet, and his wife, my sister and the children, zollen lebben – I also greet my brother-in-law Aaron and my sister-in-law Chana Reza, I wish you all the best of luck from me, your son-in-law and brother-in-law, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar