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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.248 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: San Francisco, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 June 1943 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20.3 x 25.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Diamond writes out his "articles of faith". These include a promise to remember his and Estelle's "mission for a prolonged and happy life together", a promise to return to Estelle, and, if necessary, a promise to leave this life as he tried to live it - "with honor".

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Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryWomen's HistoryLove LettersMarriageDeathMorality and Ethics

Sub Era: World War II

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