A Mother's Farewell Letter
A new glimpse at a mother's final letter to her son, written immediately before her deportation to Theriesenstadt.
Now, hoping that Valli's words of hope and comfort will resonate with contemporary readers, the Ollendorff family has released the letter and the news of its remarkable discovery. The story of the letter and the Ollendorff family has been made into a book and a documentary film, narrated by Martin Sheen and Liv Ullman, airing on local PBS stations.
Excerpts from the letter:
Tormensdorf - 24th day of August, 1942
My beloved, my good boy, within two days we are going away from here, and the future lies so dark in front of us that the thought comes up that the new place will be the last one which we reach on our migration. And if you my boy will hold this letter in your hands, then we are not chased from place to place, then all the suffering will have an end. Also, the restlessness and peace will be around us and in us. Be happy that I have this rest and this peace, my good boy, and don't be too sad.