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Category: Translation - German
Approval Date: 1/20/2013 4:07 PM
Family Surname: Glaser-Stein
Country: USA
Date of Image: 5-4-1940
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This is a letter found in my father's papers. The reverse side will be in a separate posting. I would appreciate a translation from the German.

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1/21/2013 4:27 PM Winterpark, April 5, 1940
Dear Kurt,
I hope you have been rolling [with laughter] when you got my letter of the 3rd. For over two months we had not heard from each other and suddenly we start shooting at each other simultaneously. I find this a good joke. On a side note, I was really furious that you had not answered my letter for such a long time, because if for once I bring myself to write such a detailed letter, of course I would like to have an answer that is at least as long. But given the exams that lay ahead of you I am inclined to forgive you at least this time. By the way, may I ask you if there ever has been a time in your life when you did not cram for an exam?

But now to a more serious chapter. By the way, enclosed two of Waldi's letters back to you, and I also send you the letter that he has sent me, so that you may see by yourself that I am looked after in this way, too; please send same back to me as soon as possible. I don't have to stress that I am making frantic efforts to get hold of an affidavit giver, only that sadly this is easier said than done, but this you probably know by yourself quite well, too. In any case, I do what I can, and if I should have any success, I will let you know at once. But I don't think that this is particularly pressing; as Waldi already wrote, the American consulate in London works only until end of April, and until then it is impossible to do anything, anyway.

There is something that I don't understand. Waldi writes that his one and only affidavit giver, Mr. Lebo, has told him that he cannot issue him a friendship letter, but to me the same Mr. Lebo has written that on Feb, 15 he sent a friendship letter to him. How does this hang together?

Actually, I feel really sorry for him, he really has gone through enough hardship and has experienced so many harsh disappointments. I really would like very much to help him, only sadly I can do so little as we ourselves depend to a great extent from other people.

I don't want to bother you any more today as most probably you have to work and you will not find the time to read my erudite letters. So, this time I will spare you. About me, there is nothing exceptional to report, except that I am very hot because we already have tropical temperatures here.

Please, write me as soon as possible, send Waldi's letter back and report to me, if by any chance you or any of your acquaintances can do anything in Waldi's case. For what kind of exam to you cram now, anyway? Do you hear anything about mutual acquaintances?
Best greetings and I hope we hear from each other soon.

I suppose the date is in European format with day first. If the letter were sent in May, the closing of the consulate end of April would not make any sense.
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