Herting is a major character in this letter (Ella has mentioned her several times in past letters), and the best Jason and I can figure (with research and family input)- we are assuming that Herting is Hertha Loewenstein, Ella's younger cousin through her father's family. Herting may have been around 10 years older than Opa, and therefore much younger than Ella. Also, I'm pretty sure she is in England at this time, which is why the communication would be via Red Cross (England and Germany are at war, so regular communication via letters would not be allowed). I think she had to take a menial job in some service industry, which is why Ella was concerned for her.
Helene, Patti's daughter, said that this concern for Herting and general need for the family to look out for her was a lifelong thing. She was always frail and a bit lonely. I'm not 100% sure who Uschi is or why she in particular should be concerned about Herting. I assume it is her family as well (there are a few options for who Uschi could be). Perhaps Uschi is also in England? Maybe that is why Ella assumes she should be keeping tabs on Herting?
One of the great joys and frustration of this research is trying to figure out who half of these people are that Ella mentions in her letters. Like H.H. We have no idea who H.H. is.
Other than bringing in lots of people for Opa to write and be concerned for- Ella writes about her hopes for her emigration. She still has the same plan, and is grateful to Opa for the affidavit and letter of character reference by President V.F. Schwalm. It seems like the American method and the German method for getting a visa are slightly different- even though it's all the same government (the USA) doing it. Ella is hopeful that Opa can demand or request for her to come to the United States. I wonder if she knows just how complicated that is for Opa- is she aware of how tentative his own status is? It seems she understands that he is not able to do it easily, or else I'm sure she would ask what is taking him so long. But I doubt she knows the full story, as then she would likely be chastising him for letting his own visa expire. (Not that it was his fault.)
Ella is a little persnickety in this letter. She's angry with August for not writing to Opa or her- and she offers to send Opa the picture of August or send it back because she certainly has no need for it. She's pretty much done with him (but I suspect she doesn't stop caring and isn't actually done with him). Ella also chides Opa for not knowing where she was born.
Poor Opa. This letter was likely a little hard to read. Lots of family dynamics to navigate. More names to write and worry about. More pressure on getting his mother to the United States. She is grateful that he has had a good Easter, and if nothing else Opa must know how deeply, stubbornly, lovingly she cares for him.