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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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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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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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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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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