Malmesbury, (Sukkot), 8 October, 1903

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


I have received your letter of the 1stSeptember and I thank you for writing everything to me. I’m happy that you are all well TG; on my side, that I am also well. May God grant that my letter should also find you in the best of health. Further, what can I write to you? There is nothing interesting. I hope I’ll be able to send more money.


Here is the best news. I am including in this letter a draft for £5. May you use it in good health. May we be reunited in a good way, so that I should not be so isolated here. With God everything is possible. He can do everything and He has the ways and means of doing it.


I am thinking of bringing you over, but I am still short of some things and the money for expenses. Everything will come right. We must hope that this year God will help us, so that there should be an end of our troubles and our separation. Further, I have no news – if I have any news in the business, I will surely write you. I would like to get a permanent business from which to make a living and be a mensch, and with God’s help, we will have it. I thank you for your news, may God grant us success. I greet you all and kiss you, from me, your devoted husband, who wishes you all the best, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear parents, sisters, brothers, I wish you all a good year. I’ve got no news to write. I have sent £5, but I’m sure you need more. With God’s help, I will send more. I am not stingy. I know what you need and what you must have, but alas, one can’t be clever and foresee the times (the future), and when the time comes, one becomes a chochem – a wise man. May God grant us a good new year so that we can all enjoy ourselves, and it will be convenient for you to have a son in Africa who is such a chochem. So we must hope for the New Year – God may remember us for good. Keep well and happy – as is the wish of your son, Tuvye Kretzmar


When my brother-in-law and brother arrive, I greet them cordially and wish them that they shouldn’t have to wander about anymore. May they live happily in their native land. When God sends success, it can be even in Russia one can make a living. I wish you all the best from the depths of my heart. From me, your brother-in-law and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar


I cordially greet my dear mother-in-law, my brother-in-law and his wife, my sister, and family, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, I wish you all a good year, together with all Israel. I wish success in all your undertakings. Keep well and happy, as is the wish of your son-in-law, brother-in-law, and brother, Tuvye Kretzmar

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Letters courtesy of Phil Kretzmar