Letter April 5, 1920 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel




Letter April 5, 1920 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel




WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Eichel, David


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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Letter [#13] to Julius Eichel from David Eichel, U.S.D.B., Fort Douglas, Utah

[April 5, 1920]

Dear Juluis:

I received your letter #18 and your card of Mar. 28th. It is indeed a surprising coincidence that we should both begin to write about Eddie at the same time. Our letters probably crossing so that we both wrote of him independently. Today I received a letter from one of my female co-workers at the Met., Miss Ruth Erlich, and she too speaks of Eddie. I have done nothing to bring Eddie's contention to the effect that he is writing me regularly to the attention of the officials. However possible that may be your few timely remarks about his present behavior and coteries, have made me feel that he is, at most, very unreliable. If he had definite dates of letters addressed to me, and some more specific information as to their contents I should straightway bring the matter to the attention of the authorities. I have not heard from Eddie and I am persuaded that I shall not hear from him, at least not until after I have reached home.

We are having the most abominable spell of weather we have had since I've been here. It has been raining and snowing for the past five days. If it were not for that, I would write that we are having signs of spring. The sea gulls that were with us most of last summer are back again. They are growing more friendly, for occasionally one of them comes into the compound and help itself to some of the bread-crumbs.

Henry Monsky joined the workers. Roderick Seidenberg is with them too, but he retains the status of the non-workers. He got into some difficulties with some of the boys last Friday, Apr. 2, and as a result decided to withdraw from the group, draw his rations, etc. The matter finall [sic] came to the

Executive Officer & to settle the matter, he was placed in barracks V this morning. Now we have peace again.

The Germans are still leaving at a rapid rate, about sixty have been released. We got a card from Roll. He had been under arrest for a while, but is now bound for Los Angeles. The Psychiatrists are still with us and are going at their slow pace. I understand that five of the Germans were sent to Washington today.

I shall write with shorter intervals between letters for the remainder of the month. I shall not write after the 20th. I am still uncertain as to whether I shall make the trip without stopping at Chicago. I shall probably remain so until the trip is actually in progress. At any rate, please don't have anyone at the station for me. Ben Schatz wanted to welcome me in, and I wrote him not to. I shall telegraph and telephone just as you did, so the folks need feel no uneasiness about me.

I am enclosing a half a dozen small pictures of our former Leavenworth abode.

I am feeling fine, but I would like some better weather.

My love and regards to all. I'll be with you soon.


David Eichel (84)


P.S. Shotkin is enclosing a note. Should you decide to write to him, just tell him that you disapprove of his stopping at Chicago. That might help.


Eichel, David, “Letter April 5, 1920 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed October 26, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/91.

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