April 22, 1938

( 4 documents, 3 translations )

Page 1
English
German

United States Lines On Board S.S. 22/4 38

My dear Puppiken(?), when I boarded the ship at noon today, your letter was waiting at my seat. You can imagine that I was very happy, also about your safe arrival there. Too bad you had to stand until [your arrival in] Goslar. I thought you had made it [got a seat on the train?] when you got to Hildesheim. You can find comfort with me. I had to stand just as long [as you]. [The train] was empty after we passed the border. – So you have made some conquests! That seems a bit early. We, the wild ones(?) are better people. My trip was uneventful. In Amsterdam, Cossen(?) accompanied me to the train

Pages 2-3
English
German

During the passage to London, I wasn’t well. But I did not throw up. It was very calm on the water. I visited the aunt. London is a huge city. I saw a little [of it]. Of course it wasn’t much. As you know, I expected Uncle L. at Aunt Clara’s. He was actually there. I left London at 10 this morning, arriving at Southampton at 11:45. The train runs all the way to the ship. It’s all very easy. At exactly 1, we left. Now, the first day will soon be over. When the letter is finished, I will go to bed, because I did not sleep well the last two nights. The letters from the office [or store?] were all there as well. Please thank everyone. I will write to them later. It is too much for me right now. J(?) even sent a telegram to Hamburg. There was also a letter from him. The weather is decent, but no sun. I rented a deck chair with a wool blanket. I spent the afternoon on the chair in the open air. The ocean is completely calm. I hope it will stay that way. The water told me that they had a major storm on their way to Germany. The cabin is much smaller than it appears on the photo. And it’s hot in here. The nights are not going to be comfortable. During the day, you can spend time elsewhere.

Page 4
English
German

Meals are great, i.e., there are delicious foods. You can eat about 20 different kinds(?) of foods, and as much as you want. I will now close, Puppiken, because it is so hard to write here. My handwriting is so jagged because I am sitting above the machine. The desks are always occupied. Everyone wants to write from Europe one last time. Of course, I want to tell you everything about this journey that might interest you. Just ask me. Good night, my dear Puppiken, much love.

1000 kisses

Your Fritz

Much love to the [your?] dear parents

Gisela-Joachim