This letter was thrown from a deportation train somewhere in occupied Poland in December 1942. Like the similar letter from Gitla, the featured letter is a desperate attempt to communicate with loved ones following deportation.
The history of the letter—and the means by which it came into the collection of a secret archive in Warsaw—is largely unknown.1 But there are hints at the letter's origins and its path. The author mentions the town of Płońsk, noting that the ghetto there had recently been cleared. The Bamów family—the objects of a cryptic request from the writer—lived on 6 Niska Street, one of the prominent streets in the Warsaw ghetto. The note was thus probably thrown off the train in Warsaw, possibly the day before another deportee, Gitla, threw hers from the train in Częstochowa.
The anonymous author of this letter was likely murdered upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau.