Yudel R. – Kaunas, Lithuania

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA – December 12, 2006

Erev Chanukah
Kovno
Chag Chanukah Sameach!

My dear fellow fellow-tribesmen…

I, a solitary invalid of the war, in the middle of March 2007 will be 84 years old… you cannot imagine my joy when I received from you your greeting for the joyous holiday of Chanukah. My room became bright, warm and joyous. Thus did our people prove unconquerable in spite of our numerous enemies.

Am Yisrael Chai v Kayam!

[Hebrew: May the Jewish people live and continue to live].

We live and wish never to forget what the Amalekites did to our people. We will never forgive the butchers. I don’t know how to thank you for the check for $200, which I received, I mean, that which you sent. Only good Jews can do something like this. The rabbinate in my Shtetl of Keidan wrote down my name in 1923 not as Yudel, not as Yehudah, but only in Litvish [Lithuanian] as Judelis, and that is how it is written in my documents.

Todah rabah, a groisen dank [Thank you very much.] [Wriitten in Hebrew, then Yiddish].

The door of my apartment is always open to you. I embrace all of you and kiss you.

Your Yehudah

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