At Play In The Archive
This post is an update to After Tragedy, Bureaucracy, in which I discussed a letter describing the travels of my great-grand uncle Peter Lessiack and great-grand aunt Wally Lessiack after the train crash at Kreiensen that took the lives of their mother (my great-great grandmother) Marie Lessiack, and sister Emma Lessiack Keil and her family.
It turns out that I did have a translation that was provided by my ever-helpful friend Maren some months ago–I’m not sure how I missed it earlier, but here it is now.
Hamburg-Amerika Linie, Department of Person Transport, Wire address: HAPAG Hamburg
Hamburg, August 23, 1923
Hamburg-Amerika Linie, 39 Broadway, New York
Re: Mr. Peter Lessiack
We hereby acknowledge receipt of your letter dated the sixth of this month, to introduce the above-mentioned gentleman. We have done everything possible for Mr. Lessiack. Since the completion of his documents will be delayed, Mr. Lessiack will return on the 30th of this month on the SS Hansa, leaving from Hamburg. Director Bitter has agreed to extend the offer of free crossing from Hamburg to New York in Mr. Lessiack’s cabin.
You will receive an invoice from our main bookkeeping department for the actual costs incurred by Mr. Lessiack and his sister.
The translation supports my hunch that my great-grandpa Leo pulled some strings at HAPAG to get his brother and sister to and from Hamburg in the wake of the tragedy, though it’s not entirely clear to me which “Mr. Lessiack” is being referenced in some of the text. Whatever the case, it must have been a grim, sad trip indeed.
Until next time, People.