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Letter December 30, 1919 from David Eichel to Parents


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The other day, Secy Baker wrote to the American Legion that C.O's and other military offenders are placed in the D.B's not for the purpose of punishment and revenge, but to reform them and make them more fit for civil life. That would imply that Julius becomes fit exactly and absolutely on Jan. 30, while I, and a good many Christians, who have'nt a vicious thought, word, or action and some Russians who can hardly express themselves in English are as yet unfit. We do know what to do to make ourselves fit in the eyes of Baker and the military altho we are not convinced that such action would tend to fit us for civil life, and that, after all is the professed purpose of our imprisonment. We need only agree to take orders and express a willingness to do everything the military officials see fit to demand of us, and lo, by some unfathomable power, we are fit. Washington is so thoroughly persuaded of the infallibility of this miracle that they promptly discharge all men who decide to obey orders. Of course we can become fit by following in the footsteps of the German that hanged himself. Prison certainly made him fit.

Both Julius and I are feeling fine. We'll be happy when Jan. 30 comes around, for then at least one of us will be with you once more. The other will follow 3 months later, and 3 months is hardly a long time after the two years already passed away from home.

I hope this finds you all well. With loving regards to all, I am


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