"Entire branches had been violently lopped from the Schwab family tree. Of the physical world these people had inhabited, almost nothing remained. To this devastation the letters were a quiet rejoinder—a substitute, even if woefully inadequate, for gravestones that did not exist and funerals that were never held to honor lives and legacies. They were not merely letters, but bearers of memory. By the very fact of their being, they affirmed the family’s enduring connections to one another, to Germany, and to the world of the living." – Shirli Gilbert, From Things Lost

Daniel Schwab, grandson of Rudolf (Rudi) Schwab, keeps a digital record of the letters in the collection. To view those letters please visit the collection on Scribd.com.

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