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Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.245 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: San Francisco, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 June 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

Diamond promises Estelle that "…no matter how [he] may be maimed [he's] to return…" He then describes his outfit with his new men - Jewish, Catholic, Protestant - mentioning that they care little for racial distinctions or inane political conversation, they just want to get their jobs done.

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