Factory line no. 20
Apartment no. 37 Pasevič
P.P.C. No. 1640, department
No. 075 Ivanov Ivan Ivanovič
Letter of 1 November 1942.
In the first lines of my letter I send you all my love and wish everyone all the best for your lives. I congratulate you for the feast day and the October celebrations, it is always worthwhile to spend this day like never before in joy and happiness a mengė dorėselope [Romani = but I’m copping a real hiding]. I send ardent greetings to Vitja and Raečka golev najavava kchėrė [Romani = I almost certainly won’t be returning home]. I also send love to Maksim and [my] sister Njura. My dear wife, please write back and tell me how mama is doing, how’s her health. Don’t worry, I’m alive and healthy. Fare thee well.
I send you all lots of kisses and ask that you write more. Your husband Vanja.
P.P.C. No. 1640, Dept. 075 Ivanov Ivan Ivanovič