|Original Feb 3, 1939 Letter to Hertha Kraus at AFSC in America|
|German of Opa's "Lebenslauf" aka- transcript/resume (sent with the Kraus letter of Feb 3rd)|
|Original letter to Werner Fraustaedter in Israel (translation is below)|
Thomas received the information enclosed from the Quakers in America. He has responded to it as per the copies likewise enclosed. All the same I think it advisable for you to send résumé and photo, maybe even the information from the Quakers, to Helene D., as it may of course turn out that the Quakers don’t find a university after all, and that then Helene’s boss could secure something. We will provide the character references. What we are missing is the declaration from an American person or institution stating that Thomas studying at an American university is desired. We cannot appeal to Roosevelt, since he is currently too busy protecting his New World from the Old one.
We haven’t heard anything from your father for the last few days, but we hope that he will write for Emma’s birthday – this young girl’s turning 41. That is if he doesn’t surprise us by turning up in person, which is admittedly very unlikely.
Have you anything new in terms of magazines? I have looked over the newspapers you sent me – the news section is still extremely meager, I assume mainly from Reuter. Nonetheless I will talk about it with my Mister Pinkley at my next meeting; I just know we are supplying a paper in Cairo with a mail service.
With fondest regards to you all,
|February 17th letter - AFSC's reponse to Opa's Feb 3rd letter|
|Feb 17th letter with translation|
Thanks for your letter of Febr. 3, We are endeavoring to assist you in your request and shall inform you as soon as anything definite has turned up.
In the first letter on Feb 3rd, Opa is responding to the Quaker’s request for information so they can get him started on his college search, and a way into the United States. Opa’s letter is pretty cut and dry: here’s my transcript, I want to study engineering, I’m willing to work, and please let the school be cheap(ish). Final words: “You know yourself how much it would mean to me to study in the USA.” His transcript/resume is attached, and in it he outlines his academic achievements and his best attempt at showing just how much he desires to be studying in the US, away from Germany.