3 April 1941

Riga, Latvia

Thank-you letter from nine-year-old Zalman

Frieda Levinson lived in Riga with her husband Zelik, their nine-year-old son Zalman, Frieda's mother Sara Lohak and other relatives. Her sister, Agnes Hirschberg, immigrated to Eretz Israel (Mandatory Palestine) in 1936, but remained in contact with her family in Riga.  Zalman also sent his aunt letters and drawings.  In April 1941, Frieda sent Agnes a short postcard from Riga.  This was the last sign of life from Agnes's family. The names of her family members appear on the lists of inmates in the Riga ghetto.  After the war, Agnes was informed that her mother Sara, her sister Frieda, her nephew Zalman and her brother-in-law Zelik had been murdered.  Her brother, Misha Lohak, survived.

Letters that Frieda Levinson and her son Zalman sent from Riga to Frieda's sister, Agnes Hirschberg, in Eretz Israel

Drawing that nine-year-old Zalman Levinson sent from Riga to his aunt, Agnes Hirschberg, in Eretz Israel.  At the top of the picture, he wrote in Hebrew: "House".
His mother, Frieda, added on the left: "Zima [Zalman] drew our house".


Page that nine-year-old Zalman Levinson sent from Riga to his aunt, Agnes Hirschberg, in Eretz Israel, on which he wrote in Hebrew, "Thank you for the present. Zalman Levinson" and drew a blue Star of David.


The last postcard that Frieda Levinson sent from Riga to her sister, Agnes Hirschberg, in Eretz Israel, on 3 April 1941. The postcard was written in Russian.


Riga, 3 April 1941
Dear Agnes,
How are you? How is your health?
We are all healthy and working. I have already written to you, but have still not received your response.  Zima [Zalman] received a birthday present from Beka, and sends Sonya regards from Beka and that they are all well.  Please let her know immediately as I'm sure Sonya is very worried. 
I have to finish, Beka is hurrying to the post office.
Be well, and I wish you only good things.
Frieda
Mother will write to you herself.
Regards from Zima

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