Recently, I had a notification that one of the letters written to my Grandparents, Phillip & Katie Schleich had been written by the reader's grandfather. The comment that was left on the original story did not have an email address, so I replied on-line and waited with fingers crossed for a response via email.
Thanks for contacting me. I have been able to translate your messages by using an on-line translator.
So many of the men that were held at the Prisoner of war camp and worked at my grandparents farm had a very difficult time when they returned home. Your grandfather included.
I’m sorry to hear that you did not have a chance to get to know him. It is interesting that he may still have family living at the same address as he used on the letter he sent to Phillip & Katie Schleich.
If you read through any of the other stories and letters I have, you would know that Gotthart’s father, and mother-in-law wrote to my Grandparents.
You can read those letters by following the links:
If you are interested in reading all of the letters Phillip & Katie received, you can follow this link: Pieces From the Past. I found them all very interesting and eye opening to the real and hard living conditions they faced upon their return home. I also enjoyed reading of their recollections of memories from the camp and the local farms.
I have never used WhatsApp, and given the fact that we would probably need a translator to communicate in that manner, I think email is the best option.
Thank you for reaching out to me.
Thank you very much for everything. I was speechless when I learned that there were also letters from my great-grandmother and my great-grandfather.
It's great that you kept these letters and put them online. My utmost respect. I am deeply grateful to your family that my grandfather had a good time with your grandparents on the farm and that you treated him very well.
I will continue to deal with the subject. Thank you for everything, see you soon
So... as I wait for another reply, I feel like the girl of my childhood as I waited for a letter from my pen pal...