Malmesbury, 11 March, 1902

My dear wife, Taube Kretzmar, to my dear children, my sons David and Noah, and my daughters Leah and Freda, may they live in wealth and comfort.


My dear wife, it is a long time since I have received any letters. On your side, there should be no reason for not writing – it does not matter even if you write a short letter – and if you write it, it is sure to reach me. And if you don’t write, I consider it wrong on your part. I can inform you that I am very well TG and I hope to hear the same from you and the children. Excuse me that I am writing such a short letter. I know that I am writing very little – the rest can remain for next time. I know that you need money urgently, and I am including a draft of £4. Pay off wherever is necessary, because I don’t wish to owe money to anybody. The main thing is to keep well and to be able to be together in a good way, with the help of God. Keep well and happy, as is the only wish of your devoted husband, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear parents, brothers and sisters. I wish you the best of luck from the bottom of my heart. Please write how you are getting on. Excuse me for writing so little – I have to catch the post, which is not going to wait for me. I wish you all the best of luck, as is the wish of your son, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar