I'm so glad Ella had a nice birthday. Mrs. R is her neighbor. Lotte is the mother of Kurt's baby, Renate. We still speak with Renate today. I love that her family and friends came to celebrate and didn't let her feel alone on her birthday. Ella needed that.
It wore her out so much she couldn't write more for two days! Ha. She is sad that she hasn't received her requested birthday letter- she waited to receive it to finish her letter. In this portion she asks Opa if he can figure out how to get her $70 for her way to Shanghai - out of Berlin and into potential freedom. The translator is right- I thought the amount was more... however- I can't imagine Ella asking Opa for $700- even her request for $70 seems odd. I wonder if she has requested small amounts from multiple people. It shows how desperate Ella is to get out of Germany- I just don't see her asking people for money unless it was absolutely necessary. This is still the story of how Martha and Erich (Ella's sister and brother in law) are planning on leaving the country. They've been planning this for a while- and Ella even mentioned in her last letter that Martha would be leaving her soon. I wonder when the time of departure is set for?
Happy Birthday Ella, I'm glad you had friends and family to show you how much you mean- and how grateful we are that you were born.