Malmesbury, 12 February, 1902

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


My dear wife, I have received your letter and I thank God for His mercy in granting you good health, and when you have good health, you can enjoy everything, and I hope you will enjoy everything.


Today, I am all by myself without a partner. I depend on God and I do whatever my intelligence tells me to do. May God grant us success, and I hope, and it seems to me, that better days are on the way. I buy poultry and eggs and dispatch them to Cape Town, and God provides a little profit, and hopefully He can give more if He wants to. It’s a brighter prospect. I hope that God in His mercy will grant us more success, amen. I’m closing this letter. I have not much to write. I know that this is very little, but I must catch the post. I wish you all good health, your devoted husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


I heartily greet my dear parents, brothers and sisters, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and all relatives and friends. Excuse me that I write so little – I make it short and good. Keep well and happy, as is the wish of your devoted son, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar