Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

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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 · 3 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