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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.268 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Noumea, New Caledonia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 September 1943 Pagination: 4 p. ; 20 x 28.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Diamond tells Estelle that he feels like "worn and shredded and turned out" heel, in need of repair if "the foot is to be comfortable". He writes about the difficulties he will face being "re-habilitated" back at home, and that his ideals and dreams "have all been shattered to a pulp a long time ago". He ends the letter by informing Estelle that he misses her "so terribly and can't do anything about it!!!"


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

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary HistoryWomen's HistoryLove LettersMarriageMental Health

Sub Era: World War II

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