Dec 16, 1944, letter to Art Eisenberg from Robert Schanke, Camp Braemar Director

Title

Dec 16, 1944, letter to Art Eisenberg from Robert Schanke, Camp Braemar Director

Description

Regarding the war, Robert Schanke said to Art, "A call to your Mother let us in on the know concerning your nefarious activities. Ship’s photographer, radar man, the Lothario of fleet all rolled up in one. Quit a program for little Artie.

Got a few letters from Vic Storberg, George Thompson, and George Coffin – all S 2/z with Coffin in Amphib, Storberg in Aviation Gunnery and Ordance and Thompson already on the high seas.

Not much to report from this home front. My brother was killed in action according to latest reports and that was tough to take but so many thousands are that way and so many more may be the sacrifice while not less seems just part of the whole evil pattern. Hope the “old boys,” will get their bellies full of this slaughter and make a decent world and that you guys will keep it that way."

After telling Art about magnificence of Breck's military formal, and a Colonial's daughter and other news, he mentioned that his own brother was killed in action, and that the sacrifice was to be expected. 

In the beginning of the letter, Mr. Schanke mentioned that Art sent a telegram. An example of a telegram has been included. The telegram was the selected mode of communication used by the federal government during the war to inform families their loved ones had been killed in action. Many individuals during that time also used telegrams to convey bad news; to receive a telegram was usually a very frightening experience. 

Creator

Robert Schanke, Braemar Camp Director

Source

Upper Midwest Jewish Archives: Archives and Special Collections in the University of Minnesota Archives.
Box 449, File 13.

Date

Dec 16, 1944

Format

.doc

Language

English

Text

PHILIPPE C. VERBRUGGHEN
MANAGING DIRECTOR
PROPRIETOR
ST. PAUL 8 MINNESOTA
TEL. NESTOR 1101
2122 KNAPP STREET

ROBERT A. SCHANKE
CAMP DIRECTOR
2001 GRAND AVENUE SO.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
TEL. KEN 3131

Camp Braemar
for Boys ages 7-14
PARK RAPIDS, MINNESOTA,
U. S. A. TELEPHONE HUBBARD 4F3

December 16, 1944

Dear Art:

After much ado Western Union finally caught up with me hiding in the cellar thinking it was perhaps it was the sheriff. The gal got quite a kick out of the message and so did we? The dance was “out of this world” decorations in the Christmas motif –reindeer, trees, bells, etc. Much military, too, grandmarch with the drawn sabors making the final arch. Presentation of the miniature sabers and honorary commissions to the officers and seniors gal friends was a buen big occasion. The colonial was out from the state office and brought along his good looking daughter and my wife had to keep her weather eye peeled to keep me in line—sounds good anyway. She was no queen but a good dancer and we got enough of the boys to exchange with her so as to give her a good time and uphold the hospitality of Breck.

A call to your Mother let us in on the know concerning your nefarious activities. Ship’s photographer, radar man, the Lothario of fleet all rolled up in one. Quit a program for little Artie.

Got a few letters from Vic Storberg, George Thompson, and George Coffin – all S 2/z with Coffin in Amphib, Storberg in Aviation Gunnery and Ordance and Thompson already on the high seas.

Not much to report from this home front. My brother was killed in action according to latest reports and that was tough to take but so many thousands are that way and so many more may be the sacrifice while not less seems just part of the whole evil pattern. Hope the “old boys,” will get their bellies full of this slaughter and make a decent world and that you guys will keep it that way.

Well Artie—good to hear from you despite the usual unorthodox Eisenberg way –save your dough guy and write “free”— or have you forgotten how? No test mark at stake so try it out.

As ever,
Bob

Envelope
Camp Braemar
Robert Schanke
2321 Humboldt
So. MPLS 5 Minn.

Art Eisenberg S 2/c
U. S. S. Bergen A.P.A. 150
Division N-Pre-commissioning School
Seattle # 9 Washington

Telegram Western Union
PRN 195 10 PORTLAND ORG 26 94OP
ART EISENBERG =
1944 DEC 26 PM 9:58
SEAMAN CARE MAIN USO AS =

CALL TRINITY 1903 FOR OLD HOME WEEK DISCUSSION WAITING PATIENTLY =

AUDRY.

Original Format

letter 8 x 11, envelope, telegram

Files

Camp Braemer letter.jpeg
Camp Braemar envelope .jpeg
Dec 26, 1944 telegram.jpeg
Date Added
November 30, 2013
Collection
Letters to Art that Reference World War II
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Document
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Citation
Robert Schanke, Braemar Camp Director , “Dec 16, 1944, letter to Art Eisenberg from Robert Schanke, Camp Braemar Director ,” Discovering the Importance in the Ordinary:, accessed April 28, 2017, http://eisenbergexhibit.omeka.net/items/show/29.