Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

Bad Joke Department

In this letter Sylvia writes self consciously about the censor. She cannot get used to the fact that there is a third party reading about their private lives. Yet here … Continue reading

January 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

That’s me pushing a broom

This letter is from the U.S. Naval Training Station in Sampson, New York. Alex wrote it to Sylvia in 1943. My darling A week from today I’ll be in your … Continue reading

July 29, 2010 · 2 Comments

Borscht Belt

(The last letter is surely one I will need to revisit, there is too much to process all at once.) In the last letter Sylvia spent a long time talking … Continue reading

July 26, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Country and Christening a Rabbi

In this letter Sylvia leaves the city with Adrienne! The letter is longer and more detailed than many of the other letters. If you only have time to read a … Continue reading

July 19, 2010 · Leave a comment


Dearest – I love you… And if you love me- Come to the hospital In a 1-2-3! ______________ Gone to Beth Israel – Be calm, daddy. – (I am not!) … Continue reading

April 5, 2010 · 8 Comments