Letter from John Valentine



Letter from John Valentine


Relates that representative of Swedish Y.M.C.A visited his camp recently bearing enquiries about his well being. The visitor a Mr Soderburg asked if he needed anything and he asked for a violin bow as well as tooth paste and socks as his wife's last parcel had not turned up. Notes how generous to us during wife's visit.



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ASV Stalag Luft III Lager “A”19th March 1944
A representative of the Swedish Y..C.A. came here recently bearing kind enquiries for my well being from your friends in Sweden. They had been trying to locate me for a long time. It was grand to speak with someone from outside the barbed wire. The gentleman (Mr. Soderberg) was very friendly and asked if I wished for anything. I asked for a violin bow which I badly need, but forgot to mention toothpaste & socks, of which I am very short since Ursula’s last two parcels haven’t turned up yet. Had a letter from Ursula giving full details of your generosity to us during her two day visit to you in December. My most grateful thanks for everything. Ursula wrote most appreciatively of your kindness. Glad to have Bunty’s snaps. Love, John



John Ross Mckenzie Valentine, “Letter from John Valentine,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 3, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20619.

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