Motivation – #WickedWednesday

This post has nothing to do with sex. It’s about a very personal letter, written at the worst of times. It’s a love letter when love was a luxury. A dear relative gave it to me when I turned 18.

It reads (translated from German):

Gdansk, March 9, 1945

Dear Walther,

I had great luck. It is now 13:00 and I’m sitting in the hull of a steamship. We were told to pack at 11:00 and had only an hour to get on board. We’ve been sitting here since noon. Whether it’s for the better, I don’t know. They say we will leave in a convoy at night, but nobody knows our destination. Doesn’t matter, as long as it’s west. We’re several hundred here, all sitting on some straw. There is no space to lay down for the night. When we leave, there are no lights and we all have to be quiet until we get to another shore. That’s all that matters.

Now, my dear husband, be well. God willing, you will escape, too.

Kisses, your loving Ruth.

They reunited two years later and remained married until both of them passed away before I was born.

If you ever wonder what really motivates me, why I care about history, cultures, and people of all walks of life, this is it.

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9 thoughts on “Motivation – #WickedWednesday

  1. A gift that puts your values and life choices in perspective. ❤My grandparents had left Lithuania to escape the Csar’s cruelties. They came to America and shared the words of their parents: it’s better that you leave us and we never see you again than for you to experience the Csar’s certain punishments and killings. They never saw each other again.

    1. I always find it amazing what our parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents have sacrificed. Our daily troubles seem little in comparison. Thanks for sharing your family history. Xox

  2. This is a wonderful thing to read. There is also a lump in my throat because none of the European (East Germany / Poland) branch of our family survived.

    Thank you for posting this, I’m glad you treasure it. 🌹

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