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Diamond, Sidney (1925-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.441 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney (1925-1945) Place Written: Bougainville, Papua New Guinea Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 June 1944 Pagination: 4 p. ; 21.5 x 27.5 cm.

Diamond reports to Estelle that his housewarming party had been a success. He mentions that all is quiet, except for the sound of a radio, and "a whistle blows occasionally at a basketball game - a negro team is playing our team - It's a pleasure to see the gallery - black and white…" He writes that this "onerous service has been a great leveler," and comments on "[h]ow pitiful it is that upon there [sic.] return these boys will find conditions unchanged."

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