September 8, 1935

Typewritten letter of Nephi to Hilda from Wanne-Eickel, Germany. In Gelsenkirchen Nephi tried to contact a relative, "Johann Galka." Nephi talks of his travel plans to Elbing and then through the rest of Europe. HIs mother died last April, and he says that his father John is back to his old self somewhat.

    Wanne-Eickel, Germany
    Scharnhorst Str. 2
    8 September 1935

    Dear Hilda…….!

    I thought it wouldn't be a totally bad idea to take this opportunity to write back a few words to you. It was with joy that I received the much-appreciated words of your last letter, and I'm happy every time that I hear something from you. I am also happy that everything is still going well. In these hard times there are many reasons to complain, but we have to be satisfied.

    I've already been in Gelsenkirchen and looked up the address of a certain Herr Johann Galka from the address book, but I don't know if this is the same Johann. I'll go to the trouble of looking him up. That is to say, I wanted to do that, but now I have the address of the other one, and then I can find the aunt and she can show me where and how………

    I'm still sitting here in this coal pit trying to convince people about our work. I'm still having a lovely time and will be released before too long. In the month of April I will be released, and then I can travel to East Prussia at last. If I stay here [rather than getting transferred further away], I can travel straight to Warsaw and then on to Elbing. I would like to stay with you for a while, maybe two months. It all depends on how long I have to wait for my comrades. From Elbing I will travel back to Denmark, and from there we will embark on our gigantic trip. We will wander through Europe from one town to another, and we will set our final goal as Cairo.

    You can see that I'm planning a lot, and the time I spend in East Prussia will be a time of relaxation. But I'm looking forward to going there, and I'm sure I'll have a good time.

    My father is now back at work, and he says for me to send his greetings. I believe he's back to his old self [after the death of his wife Caroline on 26 April 1935] and he'll be able to keep on going.

    Here is a little picture and I hope it came out well (This machine [camera] still refuses to obey me the way I want it to).

    Everything is fine with me here and I hope the same for you. So accept hearty greetings for yourselves, and all the best until later.

    I remain