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Sara & Yehiel Gerlitz
07. Juli 1944
I want you to read this, when, by God’s will, you are grown up and mature and able to criticize our behaviour toward you. I desire, my dear and beloved child, that you should not condemn us, that you should love our memory and our entire loathed people from which you originate. It is my desire that you should neither be ashamed of your provenance nor deny it. I want you to know that your father was a person of rare qualities – there are not many like him in the world – and that you can be proud of him. He dedicated his whole life to doing good to other people; may God bless every step of his, protect him, and allow him to regain you!
My beloved treasure, you are your father’s whole world, his only ambition, his only satisfaction for all his sufferings and pain. Therefore I wish you to keep a good memory of him, if fate should prove unfavourable to us... I want you to remember your grandfathers and grandmothers, your aunts and uncles – people of great value – and the whole family. Remember us and do not blame us! As for me, your mother – forgive me... Forgive me, my dear child, for having given birth to you... I wanted to bear you for our and your pride and joy, and it is not our fault that things took a different course.
Thus, I implore you, my one and only darling, don’t blame us. Try to be as good as your father and your ancestors. Love your foster parents and their family, who surely will tell you about us. I ask you to appreciate the selfsacrifice of your foster parents and to be their pride, so that they should never have any reason to regret the commitment which they have taken on voluntarily. There is one thing more I want you to know that your mother was a proud person, despite our enemies’ scorn and mistreatment, and, when she was going to die, she did so without moaning and crying, but with a smile of contempt for the enemy on her lips!
I hug and kiss you affectionately; receive all the blessings of my heart.
Your loving Mother
What can I say to my only child, truly the person dearest to me in the world? One should open one’s heart and reveal its inside – no pen is able to describe what goes on in there just now. But I believe firmly that we will all survive and offer our hearts to one another.