Cape Town, 30 April, 1901

To my dearest wife, Taube Kretzmar, be well and live in wealth and happiness, and to my sons, David and Noah, and daughters, Leah and Freda, may they all be well and grow up in wealth and comfort.


My dearest wife, I have safely received your letter of 18th March. I thank the Lord for his mercy that He grants you good health. I can also tell you that I find myself in good health and spirits. May the Lord grant that I shall hear the same from you.


I can tell you that I was very pleased to hear ‘that gold and silver appeared before your eyes’ – whereas previously you sounded despondent. It gave me much pleasure to hear this – pleasure from your happiness. I hope that good fortune will begin to appear in our time, and that we will forget all our troubles, and that we will enjoy much joy. Dear wife, please excuse me this time that I have very little time to write, maybe I will be able to write in the next letter – adieu, be well, happily, as it is the only wish of your loving husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


I greet cordially my dear parents, brothers and sisters, mother-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law and all good friends, be well and live in happiness, from your son, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar