Cape Town (probably November, 1900)

To my dear wife, Taube Kretzmar, and to my beloved children, sons David and Noah, daughters Leah and Freda, may they grow up in wealth and comfort.


My dear wife – I can inform you that I am TG well. May God grant that I hear the same from you and the children. I have received no letter from you this week, and because of that I did not want to write – but afterwards I thought to myself, this is no ‘tachles’ (i.e. it could not end well) and I must write, however little. So I am writing this letter to tell you that TG everything is in order, and if you send me a letter, which will eventually arrive here, I will reply in full. I will also send you money; when you write that you have received £4 from Mrs Jacobson. I close my writing – remain well. Don’t worry, as is the wish of your devoted husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


Cordial greetings to my dear parents, my dear father, Yehuda Leib Kretzmar, and my modest mother, Beile, and my brothers and sisters – my dear parents – this week I miss your greetings. I am very sorry about it but what can I do? I must wait with patience to receive letters. Let us hope in future we will all be better off and we won’t need any letter writing. Adieu, keep well, with lots of luck, as is the wish of your dear son and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar


I also greet my dear mother-in-law, Neche, my brother-in-law, Moishe Schochet, and his wife, my sister Sarah, and the children, my sister-in-law, Chana Reza, my brother-in-law, Aaron Morris, I wish you all lots of luck, your son-in-law and brother-in-law, Tuvye Kretzmar


I also greet my grandfather, Sneir Zalman Katz Rubin, and his wife, and his son-in-law Aaron Leib, and his wife Sarah, and their children, I wish them all shalom uvrachah, peace and blessings, from me, your grandson, Tuvye Kretzmar

© Kaplan Centre
Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar