Letter from Jerome Epstein, Jr. to Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Epstein and Mr. Louis Green, dated February 8th, 1945





Letter from Jerome Epstein, Jr. to Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Epstein and Mr. Louis Green, dated February 8th, 1945


Epstein, Jerome, Jr.


Letter written by Jerome Epstein, Jr. while serving in the Italian theater during World War II, discussing theater, Italy, BBC, hometown news.



6 pages


World War, 1939-1945



Jerome Epstein Papers #C0262, Box 1 Folder 4


George Mason University Libraries


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Somewhere in Italy
Feb. 8, 1945
Dear Mother, Dad, and Grandpa,
I have been wondering if you have received any of my mail as yet. No doubt you at least received my cablegram a few days after it was sent. The latest letter I have is one from you Mother, dated Jan.. 25th.
How do you like the Italian air-mail envelope this letter is enclosed in? I bought this stationary from the company mail clerk. Also I bought a dollar’s worth of 6₵ stamps.

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Feb. 8, 1945
I would like to write you more about what I have seen and done, and am doing, but cannot do so for a while yet.
We have a radio our room (Signal Corps ingenuity!) and listen to the BBC quite a bit. Also all the propaganda broadcasts from Britain to Germany and from Germany to all the Allies.
The British newscasts a very brief and are not colored with sensationalism like ours at home. Tonight I heard a very good commentary on the

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Feb. 8, 1945
“Big 3” meeting and the problems the 3 leaders face. It is certainly a dramatic moment in history, isn’t it?
The Russian drive seems to have slowed down considerably. I was afraid that it would. I haven’t received any of your packages as yet. Did you have to have a request for them? If that were the reason, though, they wouldn’t be accepted by the post-office at all, would they?
I have the Dayton papers up to and including Jan. 2. I should be getting a pile of them any day. I think the subscription expired Jan. 31. They sent be a letter stating that all advertising would

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Feb. 8, 1945
left out of the overseas editions in order to conserve paper.
I would like very much to have a camera with me. I’d hate to have it though and lose it, for I know that is a very good camera. And overseas one is never sure of holding on to any of his belongings – G.I. or personal. However, if you want to take a chance, send it, along with some films.
How is the weather at home now? Since I have been at this particular place the weather has been almost springlike – the sun shining and the snow melting on the mountain tops. Today it is cloudy and damp. I think my moods change with the weather.

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Feb. 8, 1945
When the weather is brighter, I also feel brighter.
Have you seen any legitimate shows or concerts, lectures, etc., lately? Annabella was touring Italy in “Blithe Spirit” I understand.
I was reading an article in “Stars and Stripes” about the U.S.O. shows, and found that some of the acts that used to appear at the Colonial are over here.
Oh, I say old chap, the BBC is on the air with a “chahning” newscast.
What is Bob’s status now? Is he still in Oklahoma? I was also surprised to hear about Bob Banberger enlisting. Sounds like a good thing if he can make it.

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Feb. 8, 1945
I will write more later. I want to continue now, but haven’t the time.
Love to all of you.
Jerome, Jr.

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