This entire letter has a glaring, underlying focus by Ella: Get me out of here! She is thrilled to be getting letters from Opa, and hopes that he can continue studying in America (he still hasn't perfectly sorted that out with McPherson, and Ella won't find out for a while when he does because the mail takes so long). Ella then mentions Patti's engagement, and then she gets right to the point: the business of emigration. She makes sure Opa has every bit of information that he needs. Although Grete Sumpf gave her very little hope of being able to go to America, Ella does not give up.
Ella's friend Hanna and her niece Ellenruth seem to be her two best hopes. Ella is homesick for her children and anxious. Her main distractions are work, friends and family, and the letters of her children. A relative (we think) who is visiting, adds a post script to Ella's letter. Again I wonder if Ella is more intentional about adding these names and giving space for these folks to write so that the Nazi censors know that Ella is not alone and not isolated or expendable.
I can't help but love the line about Uschi who has not seen a reason to write to Ella. Ella's totally judging her.
Can you imagine living a life where the only way to survive is to live in constant distraction from reality? How unsettling.