My Dear Mrs. Roosevel
I was deeply touched by
your kind though in writing me such a charming and sympathetic letter. I do
appreciate what you said, and send my heartfelt thanks. Sometimes one's
heart seems near breaking under the stress of so much sorrow and anxiety.
When we think of my gallant young men being sacrificed to the terrible
machine that Germany has created, I think that anger perhaps predominates.
But when we think of their valour, their determination & their grave
spirit, their pride and joy are uppermost.
We are all prepared to
sacrifice everything in the fight to save freedom, and the curious thing
is, that already many false values are going, & life is becoming
simpler and greater every day. It is encouraging to know that the United
States is gradually beginning to realize the terrible menace of the Nazi
way of living. We who have lived near it for some years, to some degree
understand the danger, but it is all far worse than our simple peace loving
people could ever take in, until faced with the awful reality.
I must tell you how moved
I have been by the many charming, sympathetic, and understanding letters
which I have received from kind people in the United States. Quite poor
people have enclosed little sums of money to be used for our wounded, our
sailors, or mine sweepers. It really has helped us, to feel such warmth of
human kindness & goodness, for we still believe truly that humanity is
Sometimes, during the last
terrible months, we have felt rather lonely in our fight against evil
things, but I can honestly say that our hearts have been lightened by the
knowledge that friends in America understand what we are fighting for.
We look back with such
great pleasure to those lovely days we spent with you last June. We often
talk of them, and of your & the President's welcome & hospitality.
The picnic was great fun, and our children were so thrilled with the
descriptions of the Indian singing & marvelous clothes - not to mention
the hot dogs!
The most wonderful relays
of hospital comforts and clothes have bee n arriving here from the United
States - we are so deeply grateful for such invaluable help.
Now that the Germans have
started their bombing and destruction here, the clothes will be doubly
welcome in the many little homes where all personal belongings are lost -
blown sky-high. It is so terrible to think that all the things we have
worked for, these last twenty years are being lost or destroyed in the
madness of such a cruel war - better housing, education, nursery schools,
low cost of living, & many others. But perhaps we have all gone too
hard for material benefits, & ignored the spiritual side of life. I do
believe that there is a gradual awakening to the needs of the spirit, and
that, combined with adversity and sorrow overcome, will lay the seeds of a
far better world.
In one of the nice letters
I have had recently from America, a lady wrote of the sorrows of "your
world." It seems such a curious distinction, her world and our world
are apparently different! I did not feel that at all when I was with you
all last year.
Please give many kind
messages to the President, we do so admire his great work & wise
statements, and I hope with all my heart that we may meet again someday.
With all good wishes to
Yours very sincerely,