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September, 1944 - March, 1945

Letters from Theodore Katz

Marlene Dietrich at a microphone

Ted's first letter from Luxembourg is dated September 28, 1944. He had just been feeling fairly proficient in French, and now he is located in an area where German is the primary language. He is using "a jargon of German, French, English and even a word or two of Yiddish" to make conversation with the locals. While they have access to a hot shower, they also come in contact with bed bugs. Ted mentions that they keep hearing the war is all but over, but he's not believing it. They are seeing the damage from the war, and Ted believes that it's even worse than the media had led the US to believe. In October, he works with some of the other musicians to put on a show for the unit. In November, a few of them stopped at a cafe and pick up instruments there to put on an impromptu show. Marlene Dietrich also came in November to perform for the unit. Ted is often accompanied by his radio when he is writing to Helen; music is an important part of his life at this time.

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