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Submitted by Deborah Samuel Holman

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - German
Approval Date: 6/3/2020 3:21 PM
Family Surname: LICHTENTHAL
Country: Austria
Date of Image: Feb. 17, 1939
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This letter was written by my grandfather to his wife Rose a few days after his release from Buchenwald. I know it references his trip to USA. I don't need a word-for-word translation (Unless you want to do that!) a general idea of the important points is fine. This is image 1 of 2

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6/6/2020 2:53 AM Wien, am 17. II. 1939

Liebes Mukl!

Jetzt bin ich (...?) eine Woche zu Hause und die Ereignisse lehren mich Abstand bekommen. Es ist alles wie ein schlechter Traum hinter mir. Die Änderung in meinem Wesen ist vorläufig. sehr stark und wenn sie bleibt nur von Vorteil. Ich bin viel ruhiger, langsamer und kräftiger geworden. Alles sehe ich anders als früher. Ich bemühe mich sehr, den neuen Pass, den ich brauche, der Vater hat ihn vorbereitet, rechtzeitig zu bekommen und tatsächlich am 4/III mit dem Dampfer abfahren zu können. Philipp Winter und seine Freunde fahren mit dem gleichen und ich wäre so nicht allein. Jedenfalls telegrafiere ich Dir noch ob ich wirklich fertig sein werde. Mir ist es wie in einer fremden Stadt, denn außer den l(ieben) Eltern ist niemand (...?) mehr hier. Ich laufe vormittags kaum und sitze nachmittags zu Hause. Die Eltern sind immer bis am Abend mit (Nebe...s), Winters, Frieses etc. zusammen. Ich lege mich aber lieber schlafen.

Vienna, on 17. II. 1939

Dear Mukl!

Now I (...?) am home for a week and events teach me to get away from it all. It's all like a bad dream behind me. The change in my nature is very strong for the time being and if it remains only of advantage. I have become much calmer, slower and stronger. I see everything differently than before. I try very hard to get the new passport I need, the father has prepared it, in time and actually to be able to leave on the 4/III with the steamer. Philipp Winter and his friends are going with the same one and I would not be alone. Anyway, I'll telegraph you if I'm really going to be ready. I feel like in a strange city, because apart from my dear parents, nobody (...?) is here anymore. I rarely walk in the morning and sit at home in the afternoon. The parents are always together until the evening with (Nebe...s), Winters, Frieses etc. But I prefer to go to sleep.

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