Letter April 6, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel




Letter April 6, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel




WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Eichel, Julius


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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262 Stanton Street
New York April 6, 1920
Dear Dave

I've learned through Anna Wenger that the dresses Rebecca sent you were part of her summer wardrobe and would have been used by her then if they had not been taken. I haven't seen Rebecca in over a month but in a letter to me she makes light of her loss. I do know that she is in fairly good circumstances and can afford to make light of a loss which would mean much to other girls. I promised to call on Rebecca with you upon your return. She is anxious and so am I to go ice-skating together. Anna also explained who Jean Barrasch - your correspondant - is. She is the sister of Max who lived at 103 Willett St when we lived on the same street. Anna is puzzled how she got your address, for although you were the subject of a conversation between them some months ago, she does not remember giving her your address.

I believe I wrote you that Harry L. received your letter. He may write you one as soon as he can think of something new. Your views and his are so much alike that he almost feels that a letter from him would be superfluous.

I received a letter from Robbie the other day inviting me out to supper. The last time I was to meet him, some incident

occurred which upset out plans for the evening. I did not have time to eat supper with him and he now invites me to make up for the last meeting. I am afraid I will be compelled to refuse the invitation this time and visit him with you when you are in a position to do so. At the time I arrived at Robbie's home he was entertaining company. I was introduced to the crowd and then Robbie asked to be excused while he could dress to go out. Meanwhile he had one of the ladies present play the piano for me. She played very well it seemed to me and when we were alone I told Robbie that I thought she was a very good player. Robbie said she was and that she had carried off many prizes at concerts and that the only reason she was not well known was because of the discrimination against her color. Well Robbie writes in his last note to me that shortly after I heard her play she took sick and died. Your mention of Robbie as a piano player reminded me of her. Robbie plays a little but not well enough to attract any attention. I am no judge of art, but I must say that his painting appealed to me.

With regards and Love from the folks and friends to you and all I am

Your Brother


Eichel, Julius, “Letter April 6, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed September 21, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/103.

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