Rivoli, June 8, 1948
My dear and beloved aunt, cousins, and all of your dear children. I will begin by reporting that I received your dear letter, for which I thank you immensely from the depths of my heart, and more than anything else, I rejoice in the fact that you write that you are all healthy. Because that is not the case here. The child and I do not feel badly, but my wife has not been healthy for a month now. And I must watch over the child because she is not in a state to care for anything. My dear cousin, I received the two dollars that you enclosed, for which we all thank you very much, for your compassion. You want to know how we are doing. I can tell you that there is nothing to be cheerful about here, and I do not want to write to you in too much detail, because you will not get enjoyment from any of it. [Also] because it is not good to sit in a camp, in addition to living from relief aid. While things were good under the UNRRA last year, they were even better under the IRO,1 [and] there was water and also electricity, [but] because [they] had no skill whatsoever in maintaining so many [people], the food was [then] reduced by 45%, so that things are not so good, and on top of that, my wife is not well. And there is also no chance of doing away with the camps because you probably read in the newspapers what the situation is in the Land [of Israel].
Dear cousin, you sent me the address of a cousin of yours in New York, Henry Baum. I wrote to him right away about my [illegible] situation and asked in your name, and I've had no answer from him. And I don't know, perhaps he does not want to write to me, and if possible, could you write to him, in my name, asking him to help me if he can. And please, if possible, could you send me photos of my family and yours in a second letter, I really beg you. I will end my letter because it is difficult for me to write because the light is poor, and I cannot write during the day because the child, may it be in good health, does not allow me.
I am finishing my letter and just now was approached with the suggestion that I, too, should take part in the mobilization of the Haganah. But unfortunately I cannot allow myself to indulge in such pleasures. Greetings from me, your dear [cousin]. My family and also my wife and child send regards to all of you from the depths of their hearts. From me, your unforgotten cousin Szyja Faktor. Please do not delay with your response and write right away. Szyja Faktor.