A letter from Hanns to his sister Elsie, 1939
Alexander Family Archive
In a letter to his sister Elsie, written a few days later on the eve of the Jewish New Year, Hanns explained his decision to take up arms against Germany: ‘I am sure we are all glad to see that there is still some justice in the world, although it seems to be a justice of force only.’ He felt keenly the significance of the times in which they were living, but held out hope for the future: ‘This New Year is probably more important for Jews in general and especially for us, than any other New Year ever since the days of Moses. I wish you the spiritual strength, which the Jews have always shown in difficult times, to see through to the better end of things,’ to a time when ‘the human beings in this world become human in the true sense of the word’.
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