Cape Town, 4 July, 1900

To my dearly beloved wife, Taube Kretzmar, Be well in much joy, and to my dear children, zollen leben and may they live in wealth and happiness.


Dearest wife, I have safely received your letter of the 26th May, marked number twelve. I thank the Lord for the good health he grants you and the children. I can also tell you that TG I am very well. PG we should always hear this, the one from the other while we are separated. Further, I can write you that your letter was very short but nevertheless I am not cross although I think that you have more time to write than I have. As it happens I also have to write very briefly today, because usually my letters are written at night because in the daytime there is no time for it and I only received your letter yesterday at 11pm as one cannot write unless a letter has come. So I could not write yesterday. I am today in the daytime – I have very little time; because if you do something, God rewards you. Therefore, one must not waste any time and I think you also will not be annoyed. I must send out some money next week, as much as possible, I must do something to get a return. Further, I have no more news to write, I greet you from the depth of my heart and am awaiting your letter, and the more you write the better. From me, your devoted husband, who wishes you good luck. Tuvye Kretzmar

I greet cordially my dear parents, brothers and sisters, and wish you all well with blessings on all sides. I ask you please to write me personally as often as possible because for me it is very precious. From your devoted son, who wishes that his request will be fulfilled, Tuvye Kretzmar


I greet cordially and her son, Moishe Morris, his wife, my sister Sarah, and the children, my sister-in-law Chana Reza, and her brother Aaron Morris, I wish you all good luck, your good friend, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar