Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

Happy New Year!

Below is a letter to Alex that everyone in the family contributed to on New Years Eve, 1944-5. Some are written in Hungarian and Sylvia wishes for victory and the … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Beauty Parlors and Weddings

We are going back a few years in this letter, to the time before Sylvia moved into her apartment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard projects. This letter is particularly gossipy … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

October 21, 1944

Alex darling – Your mother paid me a surprise visit tonight, and then in came Anna and Edward. It was pleasant to have company this rainy night. this note will … Continue reading

June 1, 2010 · 2 Comments

What’s genetics got to do with it?

Motherhood is, in the end, one of the most tangible ways to leave your mark on the world. Your children represent parts of you regardless of whether they carry on … Continue reading

May 16, 2010 · 1 Comment