A Dead Father's letter
My dearest boy, ..
Just so you can show off during the holidays, I am sending you a pair of new shoes and I'm hoping that the war won't last that much longer so that I can go for a walk with you.
I'm hoping that you behaved just right so that the easter bunny rewards you with a lot of nice things for Easter. Yes, my dear boy, when your daddy sees all of the little boys outside, he always has to think of his boy. ..
Now, my dear boy, get a nice set of flowers for your grandma and give her a kiss and tell her that your daddy loves her.
Now I want to close. Behave well and be kind to everyone because there is nothing more beautiful in life than to bring sunshine to everyone. ..
All the best from your daddy
Best regards to mommy und granny
Cordjohann Viebrock died on September 1st 1941 during Hitler's invasion of Russia, leaving behind his wife and his son. His wife got a message from his commander which explained "Always securing the retreat of his men, he remained, as he crossed a road in sight of the enemy, in a ditch. The calls of his retreating me remained unanswered."
A baffling waste of human life.