Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

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Adrienne Joy

It is with a heavy heart that I write that on July 24th, 2017, Adrienne passed away.  The family was together and her three wonderful children were all by her … Continue reading

August 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

Immigrants Welcome

It is a dark time in America. The rays of light come from the organizing, protests, compassion, and vigilant civic engagement happening across the country. For that, my feelings of … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

Spotlight on Cookie

I revisited a letter that Sylvia wrote as Adrienne (“Droopydrawers”): It is one of the funnier and more playful letters. As Adrienne, Sylvia wrote, “I have the 2 most … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Winter Soldier

Just a sweet, nothing note – relaying some sweet nothings. How difficult it must be to write a letter when nothing happens and you cannot reveal your location. Feb 20/ 45 Darling wife, … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls

This short love letter revolves around a song called “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls.”  Alex listened to it enough times to write out the lyrics for Sylvia. Here (so … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

What will we say?

It is a rainy April day in New York, one that is apt for reading and writing letters. This letter was written almost the same day Sylvia’s letter in the … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 1 Comment


On Thursday January 22nd, my grandmother – Sophie Rosner – passed away at the age of 96. She was a wonderful, intelligent woman who married Alex and united our family … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Temporary Hiatus

It has occurred to me to write on this blog that I am taking a temporary hiatus from updating while I study for my PhD exams, which I am taking … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

50 Iconic WWII Documents

A new book, Politics, War, and Personality: 50 Iconic World War II Documents, uses objects to approach WWII history, which I appreciate. A significant number of the featured documents are letters … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Value of War Letters

Andrew Carroll understands the material and historical (in addition to the sentimental) value of war letters and has been collecting them for years. NPR describes his efforts to preserve these … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 1 Comment