There Are No Excuses


From Paula Steinberg to Luzie Hatch, May 10, 1939:

Your letter arrived approximately one hour ago, and you will receive an answer right away! You certainly don’t deserve it, because dear Luzie, you can believe me, never in my life have I been as disappointed as I was that you couldn’t write to me sooner than half a year later. I couldn’t and didn’t want to believe that you could be so disloyal. It really hurt me, but in the end I had to accept it.

There are no excuses. A short card while in transit or upon arrival would have sufficed to make your aunt happy. And that is also why, when your father sent me greetings from you and apologized on your behalf, I wrote to him that I no longer attach great importance to your correspondence.

It is also two months now since Erna and Gustav [Paula’s daughter and son-in-law] arrived in Palestine with the children and so you can imagine my loneliness. They are living in Haifa – Achusa Maon le Olim for the time being.

But now, first to you, dear Luzie! First of all, I wish you a very, very happy birthday and all the best. Above all, stay healthy and continue to be courageous, and send us your engagement announcement to the dollar-millionaire soon. Then maybe you can have me come over, because otherwise, dear Luzie, we will surely never see each other again in this lifetime.

With lots of love and a heartfelt birthday kiss from
Your Aunt Paula


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