L. on September 21, 1938
Dear Miss. [Laube]!
On Monday after our last encounter, I paged through the calendar — four weeks, so many pages. And now they are almost behind us, next Saturday already —.
You will be most welcome at my house. “She is coming to visit me.”, there is so much to that; a young woman, no figment of the imagination, a real young woman in the flesh! For the first time I will have a visit from a lady. That may provide you with joy, it should excuse me if I make a clumsy mistake or if something is lacking. We will be dependent on one another for 48 hours. That means a step towards greater familiarity. I am looking forward to it full of hope. We will not need to rush things, you will not need to travel home on Saturday evening, also not yet on Sunday — you will not be permitted. Still, we meet in a third, anonymous place and our encounter should not foreshorten our freedom to decide.
Today, Wednesday, I informed my landlady and then announced the visit of the older folks. If I say on Saturday that she came on the run (!) at night, she will probably be a little startled. She puts out a lot of effort, does more than what I pay for, and can read a lot from my face. She will also take over responsibility for providing for my visitors. On Sunday, she will have the chance to give a sample of her cooking arts. You’ll pick up for yourself the way you ought to act around my landlords. And now I have to take matters into my own hand and clean my office—I view my apartment as an office with a place for me to sleep—make it a little inhabitable, buy a few more things, in between also mark some grades—these few days will fly by.
You should depart from … at … . In … it is only a five minute transit. In … you will continue with a passenger train of course. You will then already be in Dresden at 4:15 pm, will have saved a Reichsmark, and we will be able to idle away an additional hour. Buy a Sunday ticket!
Over time you are going to become an experienced traveller, you can already read train schedules, only very few women can do that; dash from one train platform to the next, in that too you also have already had practice. I am not worried about the weather, it was fair for us thus far, why should it be different? The political situation is still tense, meanwhile the worst danger seems to have been prevented. Much will be clarified by Friday.
Since Tuesday, 200 young men have been sheltered in our town, refugees who allegedly comprise a militia. They are in civilian attire, have no weapons, they conduct military exercises in the athletics field. Let’s hope that world history will not disrupt our life history, which seem to me no less important. One would like to hope that these restless months may someday be replaced by calm years of security.
This letter really only counts as a half of one. So my turn continues, to be the one to write.
You should be appreciative that your parents have granted you their permission, give them my thanks and affectionate greetings.
And now, good luck, hope to stay healthy, and successful travels — on how many weak threads does luck depend! — Trust in God!
Get one more really long and deep sleep, like a log, and once again, you shall be cordially welcomed and are most affectionately greeted,