July 30, 1944, letter to Art from his mother Sara Eisenberg
Sara Eiseberg referenced the war in the following manner, "I istened to Drew Pearson this eve. And he says the war will be over by Xmas – the Russians are 11 miles into Germany proper. Isn’t that wonderful? Soon Walther Winchell will be on –now our best pleasure is writing or reading letters and listening to the war news."
Drew Pearson and Walter Winchell were very popular radio news casters during that time. Here are links to the radio board-cast of Drew Pearson and Walter Winchell from 1945, none were availalble from 1944.
Mrs. Eisenberg talks about how she misses Art. and says, "Our days are plenty empty – my housework and washing are so little. Remember how I use to nag at you for not being neater - I promise not to do that when you get home?"
She told Art to call next Sunday, Aug 6, 1944, for his Dad's birthday. Asked if he has heard from Bob and Marnie, asked if he needed anything, said Mr. Portugal would drop him a line, wanted to know if Art wrote Harold Lichterman, if he thanked Kitty and Keev and gave Art their address.
There were times when Art wrote two letters a day, everyday. His mother was always on his back about writing and questioned him about writing relatives and friends. If she saw someone Art knew on the street, she gave them Art's address and told Art to expect to hear from them. Art was a devoted son and writer.
Box 449, File 3.
July 30, 1944
Sunday 7:30 P.M.
Today has been one o those nice lazy ones – we stayed in bed until 10 and had breakfast – read the paper- made the bed and did the dishes and more rest. I ache so since the trip and I just hate to think of leaving again on Tues. Will try my best to stay home, but if I do have to go with the Sachs, we will be home Thurs.
Listened to Drew Pearson this eve. And he says the war will be over by Xmas – the Russians are 11 miles into Germany proper. Isn’t that wonderful? Soon Walther Winchell will be on –now our best pleasure is writing or reading letters and listening to the war news.
It is 4 weeks today since you left for Chicago – an it will be another 4 or 5 until we see you – if the times goes fast for you. we are glad. For us it seems so long. Our days are plenty empty – my housework and washing are so little. Remember how I use to nag at you for not being neater - I promise not to do when you get home.
Dad has been jumping up every time the phone rings – hoping it would be you. But I told him I had said for you to call next Sunday. At that time I didn’t realize it would be Dad’s birthday – but to hear your voice will be his best present.
You never mentioned whether or not bob has written? Or Marnie? Seems strange they haven’t.
Is there anything we can send you? Be sure to write us – any shave lotion, or toothpaste? Can you buy that at the ships service? How do you stand with money – need some? Or do you have payday soon.
Grandma and grandpa send you their live – x x x x x x Friday eve. They mailed our letter to you and they put in the stamps – we want to give them the credit. Mr. Portugal was up this morning – asking about you – said he dropped you a line.
Did you drop Harold Lichterman a card? Also be sure to thank Kitty and Keev for the set – or did you. 2008 Portland, St. Paul.
This letter is full of nothing – but I didn’t want to miss writing you- if only to tell you how swell we think you are. Lots of love to you and more tomorrow.
Six Air Mail stamps and envelope.
- Date Added
- November 30, 2013
- Letters to Art that Reference World War II
- Item Type
- Art Eisenberg, Drew Pearson, Harold Lichterman, Kitty & Keev, Sara Eisenberg, Walter Winchell
- Sarah Eisenberg, “July 30, 1944, letter to Art from his mother Sara Eisenberg,” Discovering the Importance in the Ordinary:, accessed March 24, 2017, http://eisenbergexhibit.omeka.net/items/show/27.