May 9, 1934 On board SS Manhattan.

09 May
May 9, 1934  On board SS Manhattan.

On board SS Manhattan. Wednesday, May 9, 1934.

My Dear Goldkinder,

To start with I want to apologize for my handwriting. It is now 4:00 p.m. and I am sitting on deck in a lightweight sweater in bright sunshine in a beach chair. The boat is shaking slightly from one side to the other on a rather quiet and beautiful ocean.

I found already nice company. We found each other even before the ship left Hamburg yesterday. Doddo can tell you much about it.

It is really wonderful here. After departure we visited for a little while, had a glass of beer and sandwiches until we retired about 11:30 p.m. I slept wonderful until 5:00 a.m. when the sun shone one me so invitingly that I first looked out the porthole for a little while, went back to sleep until 7:30 a.m.

We all met before breakfast until we were seated. The nice guy who tried to flirt with me last night and I are sitting at a table together. He is from Budapest and already fifteen years in New York. He reminds me of some other friends. Two girls sit alone because they eat kosher. The others are spread around. After a very large breakfast we went for a walk, then we rented chairs and are resting from doing nothing.

We are always in groups of four or six or more. This morning I also played ping pong to improve my appetite! In between they served consomme and crackers. After dinner we played catch, etc. before resting in our chairs again, three hours except for taking a few snapshots. It is good that my table mate is American. He can read the menu And tell me what it is. Just now we got tea and cookies.

I am getting lazier by the minute. Your know what corns on a certain place are? Well I think I am getting them.

On Deck

On the Deck of the SS Manhattan May 9, 1934

There are several people on board who have given me regards from friends but I am not very interested in most of them.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, a few of us want to walk a bit around LeHavre. Now I want to take a nap before dinner. Hope you can read this o.k.

Love, Trudel

The next letter is May 17. I will try to post more photos from the ship before then.

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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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5 Responses to May 9, 1934 On board SS Manhattan.

  1. Barrie Ward

    May 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you for being so generous in sharing this correspondence with others Leonard … It is a fine glimpse into a young mind way back when.

  2. Brent Jones

    May 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    What a wonderful thing to do in remembrance of your mother! I really enjoyed the letter that I read. Keep going, Leonard.

    Brent, who knew you from NICOL .

  3. Ed Hiestand

    May 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    This endeavor your are doing is so good – a way to keep the memory alive. May 8, 1934 I would have been 4 months old. It is awesome to be present to that time.

  4. Gary Gerson

    May 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you for so lovingly drawing together this record of your mother and those of her generation who made their way to safety.

  5. Patrice Kaneda

    June 8, 2011 at 8:53 am

    This is a wonderful collection of your mother’s diary entries and letters. I am enjoying them thoroughly. One gets such a sense of the person she was. I wish I could have known her!