Letter September 12, 1918 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel




Letter September 12, 1918 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel




WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Eichel, David


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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Letter [#5] to Julius Eichel from David Eichel, Fort Riley, Kansas

[September 12, 1918]

Dear Julius:

Heard from home and was told of the folks visit to the "Island." They report that your treatment is the same but that you have not been returned to solitary confinement. Besides they inform me that you are in great spirits and apparently none the worse for your intense and strained experiences. I hope every word of this is so -- for then I would indeed feel happy.

They further say that you expect to be in Leavenworth before the 15th of this month. This is good news to me, if it is so. You won't

be lonesome at the D.B.'s there. I believe I already called your attention to the fact that the class III men (those declared insincere by the "Board") have been court-martialed, but not sentenced yet. I suppose they are headed for the D.B.'s. Among them are some real fine chaps. Besides you already know well Harry Lee and Bill Breidert, Krieger and Briehl. In addition there are seven class II (sincere but must take non-com. service) now in the guardhouse at Funston, which is only a short distance from here. There are some fine fellows in this group -- one Ben Breger in particular to whom I have become very much attached. Besides, your older checker side-kick Herman Kaplan is in that group. I suppose they too are headed for the D.B.'s. You ought to have no trouble getting acquainted with these fine fellows, especially since you already know some. While the

P.S. There are wild rumors afloat that we are all to return to Leavenworth before the end of this month. If that is so rest assured I'll be a frequent visitor at the D.B.'s or perhaps, what is equally likely, I may come and stay with you.

others already know of you and Sam, thru me and the boys. Believe me they are thorougly interested in you and your experiences. By the way, when last heard from, the boys at Funston were on a hunger strike, or something like that because of impossible conditions.

I have been receiving letters from Harry Langman, George Kramer and others. I have given them your address and you ought to hear from them.

Conditions here are every tame and time drags along. The boys are still in the hospital. The food there must be excellent for Wortsmann

and Monsky[?] have taken on a good deal of weight and are looking better than at any time in their life -- that is that part of their life that I happen to know.

Phil seems to suspect that I have gone without food for an unusually long period, for he [illegible word] has learned of the recent hunger strike here. I have given him evasive answers, but he somehow has obtained the facts.

I am pleased to learn that you have received letters #1 & 2. They at least prove that you are hearing from me.

With kind regards and good wishes from the boys to you and Sam, I am, Your brother, Dave Co. A, 1st Casual Bat.


Eichel, David, “Letter September 12, 1918 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed October 26, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/89.

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