Vienna, Austria | 1941

 

When: June 30, 1941
From: Vienna, Austria
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: Dear Tini,
I arrived in Vienna at 3 o’clock today. Early tomorrow, around 10:25, I am continuing on to Budapest. Vienna is a beautiful city, but in spite of that, I can never forget Stuttgart. I’ll be thinking of you as I continue on tomorrow.
Sweet kisses,
Viktor
Note: Even during war, international love was in the air. Viktor is not a soldier (there would be a feldpost stamp, so I wonder what he was doing during the middle of WW2. Due to several spelling and grammatical errors, I assume that Viktor was Hungarian and not a native German speaker.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.
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Brno, Hlavni Nadrazi | 1940

When: July 16th, 1940
From: Brno, Czechoslovakia
To: Detinice, Czechoslovakia
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: I forgot to translate the text and can’t read it from the photo. If you can, let me know.
Note: Brno doesn’t look much different today! Maybe a little more graffiti! This was sent during the German occupation.
I have been to both Brno and Detinice. If you are ever in the tiny town of Detinice, there is a fun kitschy medieval themed restaurant that serves meat by the platter and they brew their own beer (well, contract it out at least).
I am not a native Czech speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Alto Adige, Italy | 1937

When: August 8, 1937
From: Alto Adige, Italy
To: Messkirch in Baden
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: “Dear Irmgard. Here is a card from Italy to tell you that we are having a fine time. The scenery and weather are lovely. We will see you at Lindau on the bridge at 1 p.m. on Friday 13th of August. Yours truly Louis.”
Note: I previously posted a card from Louis to Irmgard, but this one is a bit earlier:

Warnemünde, Germany | 1945?

When: July 25th, 1945?
From: Ostseebad Warnemünde, Germany
To: Prague, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: I can’t quite read/understand this text, but it is from a grandfather to his family saying that he is doing ok and that he would like them to send him bread.
Note: I do not find the origin of this card particularly interesting, but I do find it interesting to get a window into the life of a displaced Czech national in Germany during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia (Notice that the country is listed as “Protektorat”). Things like bread from back home must have been a hot commodity at the time. Also, the fact that it has a Hitler stamp is interesting.
I am not a native Czech speaker, so if you have a better translation, please let me know.

Vienna, Austria | 1942

When: 1942
From: Vienna, Austria
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Language: German
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: “Dear Irmgard,  our group got a three day holiday and we’re spending it in Vienna. Unfortunately, all the theaters, operas, etc were sold out. But, in spite of that, there’s still a lot of see. Vienna is really quite beautiful, but quite expensive. I’ll write you again soon. That’s all for today, Erich”
Translation help from Bella Boga and Sarah Binder
Note: The Feldpoststempel is what caught my eye. This was sent from a German soldier who was in Vienna. He did what any young, self respecting nazi lance corporal would do with time off, he went sight seeing! The Votivkirche, as seen on the front of this card, was damaged during the war.
I tried to find out what happened to the sender of this card, Erich Spohn. If my googling was correct, it looks like he survived the war, got married, had some kids, and just recently passed away in January.
This one was sent to Irmgard, who we saw in this post here which was before the war.