March 22, 1943: “I miss my little family a lot”
March 22, 1943
My dear little sister,
This evening I received your letter of March 16. [It] pleased me a lot to have news from you after so long.
You must know from Janine that I have been in the infirmary, [where] they took care of my eyes and a wound that I have on my right foot. Janine also sent me a photo of you that she received. I also received in your letter a photo of Charly. I hope to have some time off soon, since I’ve been here since October 26. I miss my little family a lot. Well, since you are all healthy, that’s the main thing, and I’m going to leave you now, my dear little sister, sending you my sweetest kisses.
[Sending] a good handshake to Charly,
Note from Translator, Janet:
1. Nothing much to say, but the important thing was to get a card, just to keep in touch and confirm that everyone was surviving.
Notes from Carolyn:
1. Louis Verdicre was at the Daimler-Benz Marienfelde work camp at the same time as Marcel. The letter with the beautiful ‘M’—the letter that first drew my eye to Marcel’s writing—was penned the day before this letter (March 21, 1943). You can see that letter on page 7 of Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate.
2. Interestingly, medical records provided by the Arolsen Archive showed that Marcel was treated for an eye injury, too.
3. Want to read a postcard from yet another worker in the Daimler-Benz Marienfelde work camp? See/read it here.