Amsterdam has become a real transfer place for immigrants. Often acquaintances pass through and bring a piece of home, but just as often it is a goodbye forever (for life). Last week Erich Ursell came by and stayed a few days. Unfortunately he was not permitted to come to Amsterdam (because of the foreign police there) but we met up in Haarlem. On Wednesday he left for London and from there to Birmingham. What he will do there, I do not know yet. He told me much about the Group, but sadly nothing good (nothing nice). He was very disappointed in the new J.F.(Junge Freunde—Young Friends). They are so superficial, prejudice against the old Young Friends, he always had the feeling not to be wanted, just as others of the old group. Is that really true? I really cannot understand it, because on the average there are sensible (rational) people in the group.
I want to say something in behalf of Mrs. P. (Mrs. Pollatz), because I believe I denigrated her a bit. Certainly, she sometimes has funny (strange) opinions, and it is a hopeless effort to have a discussion with her because she accepts other ideas only with smiling pity, or as indignant insult. But one should not forget, that she has helped innumerable people, and does work in Haarlem nobody else could easily do. I believe that one can rightfully call her a real Quaker, in spite of her many faults, more than others, who are great Quakers in theory, but sadly enough in theory only.
I have heard much about your conference, but not what kind it will be. Is it the kind that fell through last year? (in German it actually says “fell into the water”)
From Hans I heard that Anni is ill again. That is really dreadful. It must be the same problem again? I thought she got rid of it for good when she was in Italy. Give her my best wishes and a fast and good recovery. Also many greetings to your parents, Kaethe and Reinhard.
See you soon