To my dear devoted children, may you live in
I received your card yesterday and I do not
have to tell you how I read it, as you can imagine it yourself. I
write this card as more tears flow from my eyes than the ink on
the paper. When I think of your departure, I find it hard to
collect my nerves. May God give me the strength to endure it.
Dear Eliezer, make sure you don't neglect
yourself. Steel yourself. You are a young man and may God give you
strength. I understand that you are less than happy with the idea
of taking such a long journey with such young children, and your
own questionable health does not help matters [Eliezer was prone
to rheumatism]. But get it all out of your mind. God will give you
endurance and good fortune and you will be happy. You surely know
that the night belongs to the coming day and must precede it. I am
also writing to Australia [to the Rosenbaum family] and hope
that they will receive you kindly.
Dear daughter-in-law Zelda,
I'm cross with you [written in affection]
for depriving us of our two young blooming flowers [the
grandchildren]. I haven't the strength to cry, but the thought
brings constant tears to my eyes. Bring them to us so we can see
them and embrace and kiss them.
Dear Zelda, I realize that I can't demand
such a thing from you, so kiss them in lieu of our silent absence.
Eliezer, you did not write about Moshe. How
he is and is he calm? Write to us from Paris and tell us how you
and the children are.
You have promised to write to me, but you
have not written [this is written in a teasing tone]. Grandma is
missing you. Be good and obedient. Also Moishele. Be well and
content, as parents wish their children to be. Write good letters
[ON THE FRONT OF THE CARD, NEXT TO THE
ADDRESS, WOLF HAS WRITTEN THIS NOTE]
My son Eliezer thinks he will arrive in
Paris on Friday or Saturday. He intends to visit you. Kindly hand
this card to them. I send regards to your husband, whom I don't
know personally. Your parents, who we have just visited, also send