December 19, 1936
Dear Sister-in-law and Cousin,
At the turn of the year I want to send you dear ones a few lines. I often think of you who are so far away. From you, dear cousin, I have heard frequently; for this I want to thank you.
I was born July 8th, 1861, am now 75, and you, dear cousin and your husband, are, as far as I know, several years older than I. My six brothers and sisters have all died; I, the youngest, am the only one left. The good Lord alone knows, how much longer I shall be spared.
I live with my son; we are faring well and are all enjoying the best of health. God be praised for this! However, life is a great struggle and we have endured much hardship. I myself was at the front during the war with my two sons; one of them was lost. My son was without work for 3 years, and those who have had such an experience, know what unemployment means. For 5 years we had 6 million unemployed; now there are about 800 thousand. God be praised, the dreadful days are gone and a better time is here. All we had to do "was to pay" the amounts we paid in money and now materials etc are beyond temptation. What was Woodrow Wilson thinking about at that time?
However now a new day has dawned and we are free again. How the French carried on in our dear fatherland! Yes in the Rhineland, in the home of your own dear father! They behaved like savages-the Americans went back home and let the French do as they liked.
Now we are free-but we are poor, we lack raw materials and there is a shortness of food stuffs, especially fats and eggs. There is little gold to buy with, and paper money people do not want. Nevertheless things are much better now; we have to adapt ourselves to the conditions and struggle along.
I myself am not faring badly. For more than a year my son has had employment and the cares and worries of former days are gone. We are grateful to God! The dreadful days are over and gone. When we get our colonies back things will be better; in the meantime, we have to keep up the struggle.
There is only one political party now, with Hitler at the head of the government; formerly there were 30 parties! The party (Nazi) have their own uniform, brown, their emblem is the Swastica. The new form of greeting is the outstretched arm, standing at attention and "Heil Hitler".
Thus we are secure and enjoy peace-we must labour and struggle to preserve our national unity.