Amsterdam, January 27, 1946|
Dear Auntie Mieke and Uncle Alois (Ladie)
At first I will thank you for the shoes I was very
glad with them and they fitted me to a T. I can-
not so good english, but I will write you yet in
Now, I will tell you something over my self I am
13 years old, and I go to the Grammar school.
There I had learnt english since 4 months
and well 3 times a week. It's fine there, but I
(better) like (more) to skate. There is
now ice here, and I skate passionately.
Dear auntie, I shou(l)d like to
photograph, and I can not acquire a film
(6 x 4 1/2 Hollands cm
The italicized corrections and additions in my letter
were made by my father -
whose English was rather rusty in contrast to his French and German.
... talking to a British pilot about how expensive things were during the war:
DAD: "Everything was very yauker"
(PILOT looks a bit confused)
DAD AGAIN: "Do you understand?"
PILOT: "yes, Sir, I do, indeed!"
DAD: "yes, very yauker, inderdeed!"
"yauker" is a Yiddish word
he remembered from playing with
neighbors' kids in his childhood)