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Letters from Szczuczyn
Letter 6:
Letter with no envelope

Written by Yedidi (David) Sosnowski, the husband of Zelda's sister Rivka, Szczuczyn

Dear brother-in-law Lozer,

Thank you for your letter. Please, in future don't take any notice that I don't write and only Rivka does. As you know, we in Poland are a lazy lot and the times are such that one is not always in the mood for writing. But Rivka never waits and answers your letters immediately.

We were waiting for a letter from you and it finally arrived. Thank God that last Pesach you managed to extricate yourself from this "Golden State" and you have found such devoted friends in Australia. I hope that in your next letter you will be able to tell us how you have settled in Melbourne and how lucky you are.

Luck is paramount and you should be happy that you made the move. Look how unlucky I am. For the last two years I have been traveling to Palestine, Cuba, the United States and back to Cuba, and as you say, it is all bluff. [Yedidi did not actually travel to these places. These are the places he has attempted to migrate to.]

I have lost hope of being able to tear myself away from here through them [Palestine, Cuba and the United States will not help him] and through my father [his father's efforts on his behalf have failed too]. There is no other way. I must energetically accelerate my efforts to achieve migration while I still have the means.

This brings me to ask you, dear brother-in-law, whether it would be possible for someone to send me papers to migrate to Australia. Either yourself, if you are in a position to do so, or you could ask Benny [Benyamin - Ben Rosenbaum] who surely remembers me. You can assure them that it will not cost them anything. I can pay for travel expenses and if I have to prove that I possess two hundred pounds I will manage to do that too. I will turn to my uncles in the United States for help as I can't come empty handed. I'm fully aware that unlike yourself I have no one to come to. Granted you are there already, but I would only expect advice from you, not material help. I'm even prepared to come on my own, but what  would Rivka and the children do without me? So it is wiser that we come together.

Write to me and let me know if I'll be able to earn a living from my trade [he was a leather tanner] in Australia. Or, will two hundred pounds be sufficient to start a new business? This is something you should know by now. I beg of you, write to me in detail, without compunction, the full truth even if it means that the information may make me realize that this window of opportunity may be closed for me. I have written to my brother Abraham in Argentina, but regrettably, for now, he is not able to send me papers. However, should the immigration policies there change, he would be able to help. These are the only two alternatives for me - either Australia or Argentina.

Other than that there is nothing special to report. One pushes time adding another year to life. The children are growing up and one begins to consider their future but when I consider the reality of our life how can one make plans for future here? I conclude with best wishes. Ask Zelda to write without waiting for you.

All the best,


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