05. September 1938


L., on Sep­tem­ber 5, 1938

Dear Ms. [Lau­be]!

The echo of last Sunday long reso­na­ted with me, and the­re was no dis­cord in the sound. Your ques­ti­on at the end of the let­ter said to me that you too were satis­fied. Alrea­dy when I was on the train, I was vexed by my own inept ans­wer: “Yes inde­ed, it was very nice.” You should not have asked. I will not per­mit you to belie­ve that a small annoyan­ce could so easi­ly put me in a bad mood. I was not chag­ri­ned at all that you paid our train sup­ple­ment. You know my atti­tu­de: you are sacri­fi­cing to tra­vel the far­t­her distan­ce; I earn in one day what you earn in two; a young woman must cal­cu­la­te dif­fer­ent­ly than a young man. I awai­ted your let­ter. If it had not come on Fri­day, I would have begun to won­der.

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25. August 1938

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L., on August 25, 1938

Dear Miss [Lau­be]!

I very much enjoy­ed your pic­tures. I would like to keep all of them. The pho­to­graph details are well selec­ted, only one image has too much empty sky. The posi­ti­ons are inva­ria­b­ly lively—women always under­stand bet­ter how to place them­sel­ves in the right light!—and if I did not know for whom you sat laug­hing so grace­ful­ly as a model, I would actual­ly be jea­l­ous.

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09. August 1938


O., on August 9, 1938

Dear Herr [Nord­hoff]!

Accom­pa­nied by your best wis­hes for a new begin­ning, I ent­e­red my work­place again on Mon­day. I must say it was easy for me to begin a who­le new year. At first the new sur­roun­dings had a plea­sant affect on me. We girls are now by our­sel­ves in a bright, airy room with seven lar­ge win­dows. The­re are con­tai­ners in each of the win­dows with plants of all kinds, which we tend to our­sel­ves. Yes, we intend to build our own small per­fect idyll under the mot­to: “utmost clean­li­ness.” Our male col­leagues shall be in awe as soon as they enter. It’s all good and well, the only ques­ti­on is whe­ther ever­yo­ne will stick to this reso­lu­ti­on. The best part is that I have the who­le room at my back; when I look up, I look right out into the gar­den. When autumn comes and it beco­mes more and more color­ful out­si­de until the trees are naked and bald, it won’t be so lone­ly. I have a clear view and can always see the train. You are not allo­wed to think that I am lazy. I have to moti­va­te mys­elf with some­thing, must watch, other­wi­se I won’t be able to stand it. Some sit the­re and sta­re at the machi­ne all of the time, I belie­ve what litt­le is left of my spi­rit would com­ple­te­ly whither.

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25. July 1938


O., on July 25, 1938

Dear Mr. [Nord­hoff]!

No one could have brought me a hap­pier gree­ting this morning than you did with your cathar­tic mes­sa­ge. Becau­se I know that you are out of dan­ger; you can finish healing on your own. How good that you still have 14 days at your dis­po­sal. Use it well! I am now so hap­py and thank­ful.

Oh, if only we had gone tog­e­ther at the same time, perhaps this wouldn’t have hap­pen­ed,“ you wro­te in your last let­ter – and if only it could have been. I would have spa­red no effort to make you well, wit­hout let­ting them noti­ce anything at home. Or would you not think I was capa­ble?

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28. May 1938


O., on May 28, 1938

Dear Herr [Nord­hoff]!

By now you will  have recei­ved the gree­tings from our jovi­al get-tog­e­ther at the bridal show­er of our fel­low choir sin­ger Ilse Wend, which we held at the Restau­rant “Ger­ma­nia”. Today, now that I have slept off my small buzz and the wed­ding nup­ti­als are over, I want to ans­wer your lovely let­ter.

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