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Weiner, Sylvia (1912-2008) to Morris "Moe" Weiner

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09414.0128 Author/Creator: Weiner, Sylvia (1912-2008) Place Written: [Brooklyn, New York] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 January 1944 Pagination: 10 p. ; 21.5 x 14 cm.

Written at 12 Midnight. Sylvia woke up late and had to rush to work and got the entertainment for the Victory Party organized. Reports on friends and family. Sylvia says "I have learned that I can live independently- but only because you are always there- + I have discovered that although we were as close as two people could possibly be - I was an independent individual- with freedom as to thinking... + freedom of action- + likes + dislikes- I could go where + when I wished (tho I wished most often to be with you)." She is surprised when he tells her that her letters have not been censored.

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