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June 3, 1934 – Life in Chicago (Storm Clouds Brewing?)

03 Jun
June 3, 1934  – Life in Chicago (Storm Clouds Brewing?)

June 3rd, 1934

Dear ones,

It is already 4 days since I wrote you last. Time goes so very fast a sign that I am having a good time.

It is really very nice here.

I get along very well with both of them [Aunt Henny and Uncle Julius Seckbach] and can play mediator once in a while. Not often necessary.

Every evening the 3 of us take a walk along the lake in the park. For 2 days it was awfully hot and I was glad to stay in the apartment. Not much happened in the meantime.

Walking in the park

Trudel walking past the World's Fair.

Yesterday we went window shopping. One dress or hat shop next to the other. People put much more importance on clothing than in Germany.

The table cloths I brought along were very much liked and welcome, the candies and cookies are almost gone. Please send me the recipe for the cookies soon.

So far I have not contacted anyone here. They are broges* [upset] with Alfred Hamburger since Xmas because of some business affair. Last nite we went to a movie. Now, Sunday afternoon we are going to go for a walk. I do not know where.

The newest sport here is riding bicycles. That is something for me. Tomorrow Aunt Henny and I are planning to go swimming early. I take a shower every day. That is great.

Gas, electric, hot water and heat are included in the rent which is pretty high. This apt. 2 rooms, kitchen and bath cost weekly $25.00. On the other hand clothing and food is very reasonable. Especially fresh fruit which is eaten at any time of the day is very cheap. In Germany I did not used to eat as much fruit in a month as I do here in 1 day. I like especially pineapple.

Love,
Trudel

Lakefront

Lake Front on a Summer Day, 1934


*Trudel wrote “proches,” a French word for “near” in her hand written corrections to a typescript of these letters. However, “broges,” which is is Yiddish for mad or “upset” fits the context. Proches makes no sense in this context.
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About Leonard Grossman

Writing about the online world since 1992: The ModemJunkie’s Portal
Taught school in the inner-city from 1967-78, Government lawyer from 1979-2010.
Married to the incredible Cindy Barnard. Proud father of Sarah and grandfather of Gavin.

 

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4 Responses to June 3, 1934 – Life in Chicago (Storm Clouds Brewing?)

  1. Patricia Koko

    June 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    The last line reminds me of the song in “Cabaret” “A Pineapple for you…” Love these views of the 1930’s.

     
  2. Lynn

    June 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Len — could the cookies possibly be “Omi Cookies”???

     
    • Trudels Son

      July 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      In one of the upcoming letters she asks for “butter cookies.” So I think we are right.

       
  3. Trudels Son

    June 22, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Lynn, I had exactly the same thought 😉