My dear boy !
During the whole day I think about the large cupboard which is carrying you minute by minute farther away from us. Now already are on your way for 10 days and I hope you had a fine voyage and were free from sea-sickness. How many beautiful things you already must have seen and experienced. You surely will have passed Madeira and we can await post from you every day.
Your kind card from Southampton we received, also the dear Oma already set me the letter you wrote her and we all were pleased with your good messages. How good, that you had such fine days in London, in such a good company. Doing so you surely must have seen more of the town and made attentive to the most beautiful things. Where that young ladies? I hope for the best. From Toni I heard that you immediately did find Mr Herzog and hope you accompany each other. The Grünfeld family immediately and kindly answered to my card. You left so pleasantly and she would have might have cared that much about you. I do not have to care about you, you still know the world. Your kind letter from Amsterdam I already have confirmed and I would like to know whether you received, before traveling, a letter from Höxter’s. It only is correct because she gave you the address of an engineer who has a building office over there and and may be of good help.
I also might not forget that Frieda during my absence, being with your, had the visit of a lady from over there, who specially was sent to you by her relatives and did tell much. Hochstätter also is in the building business over there and could surely be at your side after the recommendation which you received from H, . If possible, do not immediately take the most primitive job, and try to live in a good house. A boarding house like in Amsterdam can be of good use for some time. It would be harmful for you and also for your beautiful laundry and clothes, when you might be able to put them away in good conditions. How is your skin??? I would like to have a real and correct message about this. Do care for yourself and also for your hair, I always have to repeat and do concern more about your presentation. You know the first impression is the best one.
I have read a lot of letters of Edith Bähr who is doing well over there.
She is living in?ging and now calls Mrs Erni Jakob. She write very interesting about her wedding, feasted in the whole community and how may were invited. They also were invited at the Hoschstädter’s and accepted very well and by coincidence got acquainted with Walter Hartoch in Johannesburg and also spoke with him about you. She writes: Rudi you must no have fear. You will arrive and also we will look around for you in advance! I also do hope that you certainly will succeed to build an existence and feel well over here. Edith writes that her parents are packing and soon will come to her, than her happiness is complete. In the mean time, my dear boy, you will be landed there and also written us. We will write each other all the time by airmail so that it will not take too long. It would be fine when you could send a telegram at your arrival.
Maybe it is too expensive. We are all well, also father who already has written to you this week
Perhaps I waited too long because I did not know that the post took that long time.
It is 4 weeks now that I visited you. How fast time goes and for how long I will be withheld from a meeting with you. Your dear Oma could not wait for the time that we come to you. I would have waited until the birthday on May 17. Vati would not forget us. In fact there is nothing news at ours, also here are no essential changes .
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Worms May 3, 1936
My dear Rudi! Already for a long time I wanted to write you but remained postponed by lack of time or desire to write. Now, however it is the highest time, when my lines and cordial greetings for you must reach you before you leave. A travel in the incertitude, but full of hope and expectations for your further life and a possible happy future! I hope and wish for you by all my heart a complete fulfillment of all that we …..
I was much with you. The heaviness of the separation will be wiped away for you by your great new life. Perhaps your dear parents and house can also come once. Only remain with both feet on the soil of reality. To succeed, call all the Gods. A word of God that also did help me in the last years and gave much courage in life, perhaps this also will be given to you. And farewell! All the best for you and your further new life. Most cordial! Your aunt Alice
Lotte already is sleeping and uncle Oskar is away. I greet you for them.
Warning for otters and lions, they are dangerous animals.
Worms, 16 April 1936