My dear refugee children
I received your letter this week, Eliezer,
and read it with many tears and joy - tears that you were
compelled to leave, and joy that you are all well.
May the dear God bless you and guard you
on your way. May we receive only good letters from you.
Were I sure that it would reach you in
Paris I would borrow some money and send it to you because I'm
anxious that you may not have enough. But don't worry. The whole
world is envious of you that you managed to leave our neighbors
An orchardist not far from here met a
terrible fate. He was on his way in his cart along the river to
catch some fish and Christian people whom he knew since childhood
grabbed his son, tied him to a stick and threw him in the water in
the presence of his father. But don't be afraid.
The price of produce is constantly
increasing here due to the poor rains.
For the time being we are all well and we
keep you constantly in our consciousness and miss the pleasure of
kissing the children.
We wish you to use the new candlesticks
in good health. Make sure that you light the
Shitek has promised to give back the
potatoes. Food is available to buy in the villages.
Yesterday Rabbi Moshe from Grayevo
visited us to elicit help, poor man. Ester [the rabbi's wife] is
sick - she needs an operation. They have no bread or clothes to
wear. Regrettably he came in vain. I had a few zlotys on me so I
gave them to him, which he first refused to take.
Nison [Eliezer's younger brother] is
away. We have nowhere to visit. Write to us when you are leaving
Paris and let us know how long the voyage will take. I have sent a
postcard to you at Litman's daughter's address.
Mother sends her greetings. Tevche,
Nechemia and Moshe also send their regards. Don't worry about
anything. Just make sure that you arrive at your destination in
good health. Sarah Kayman wishes you well.
From your father and mother, father and
mother-in-law, grandpa and grandma,
Zev [Wolf] Kayman
[THE FOLLOWING ADDENDUM WAS WRITTEN ON
THE FRONT OF THE POSTCARD. IT WAS PROBABLY WRITTEN BY WOLF'S WIFE,
What food are you being served on board
the ship? Did Nechemia's appetite improve? The price of cattle is
down and the price of meat is as before, as there are few
killings. Chickens are very cheap to compare with last year's
prices. You can buy everything.