Dear brother and sister-in-law and children,
Thank you for your letter, which I received
today. Your father has just been here and told me that he just
posted a letter to you. Obviously I let him read your letter and
suggested that he writes another page, which I will include
in the envelope that I shall post to you.
We are grateful to God that you managed
to leave our "Golden State". May we be spared from what has been
happening since Saturday in Chenstochov. It was a lot worse than
in Brisk. The small township and the area around Chenstochov
suffered the same fate. May God have mercy on the Jewish
people and let it end. [he is referring to pogroms]
I believe that we too are coming
closer to a decision. Father [Lejzor Sosnowski] can see what is
happening all around and is fearful for his life and possessions.
Eventually we will write to you and ask you to help. We will
go anywhere, as long as we can get out of here.
There is no other news. We are very
depressed and afraid of "the sound of a fallen leaf."
[this quote is rendered in perfect Hebrew] We are envious of you
that you managed to leave all that behind. May God help you to
find happiness there [in Australia]. You certainly did not err by
leaving and you should be confident you have made the right
decision. Hopefully we may be able to recall these times in a
state of repose.
Your sister-in-law Gutka [nee Rozental]
and her husband [Szmul Szmuklarewicz] were struck down on
Saturday night. It is good to know who they really are. They are
alive and have not cleared life's hurdles. Let that be your last
worry from Poland. We will see who will finish up better, they
here, or you there in a free country full of promise. [there's no
way of knowing exactly what this is about]
I would continue writing but it is
getting late to post this letter. I'm on my own - my parents are
in Bialystok. As you know, people are dropping in and this has
prevented me from writing earlier.
Be healthy and happy,
Your parents and friends send their
regards. If possible please write to us during the journey.