Detail View: World War I and World War II: Personal Narratives: Paul Pommer correspondence, 1918-07-05, World War I

Identifier: 
exwsPmr4_pg22_itm3_pc04
Title: 
Paul Pommer correspondence, 1918-07-05, World War I
Creator: 
Pommer, Carl Gustav
Creator: 
Pommer, Ernestine Emilie
Creator: 
Pommer, Martin
Description: 
Letters from Gustav Pommer, Pommer’s mother, and Martin Pommer to musketeer Paul Pommer in Glogau, Poland. There are two letters contained in one envelope. The first letter is written by Pommer's father on July 11, 1918. The second letter is written by Pommer's brother Martin on July 6, 1918. The envelope is postmarked Frankfurt am Main, Germany, July 12, 1918. In the first letter, Gustav Pommer thanks Pommer for his last letter and compliments Pommer's writing style; he wrote with intensity, like Spanish literary greats. He offers encouragement about Pommer's struggles and experiences, which are all a part of God's plan. In just a day, 100 wounded arrived at the hospital in Frankfurt; death is God's crop. He updates Pommer about the store, which Pommer asked about. Masses flood the store everyday. As July comes he expects things will just become more difficult. At the bottom of page 2, Pommer's mother Ernestine Pommer interjects her writing. She hopes Pommer will come home soon and things are going fairly well. On the next page Gustav continues: Wuerker started a store, and the baker Heutter brings a lot of customers. He praises different aspects of the shop. A lot of people are traveling from the city because of the war. Martin and the youth sector have been doing good things; Martin sings in the choir and plays with children. In conclusion, he promises to send Pommer some money. In the second letter, Martin responds to Pommer's postcards. He understands how hard it is that Karl and Heinrich are not in the East like him. Martin sends their mother's greetings. H describes the week's events. Frau Rink is setting up Pommer's room and hopes for his soon return. He mentions three people in the church, namely Bertha Schanermann. He comments on the engagement of Anna Schnorr. He mentions working at Schneiders, hanging posters up in the train station, and going to the main train station at night with Frau Schneider, Frau Nolte and sister Auguste to see one of them off. On Friday, he spent time with Frieda and Frau Scholling. Martin then states that he checked out Pommer's bicycle; it's a little rusty but still working. Karl Kuemmerte who is again deployed, though he does not know where. Adolf Uhl is also gone again. Adolf Eames must be engaged soon; he is going out with a catholic girl, whose aunt doesn’t approve. Martin is impatient for Pommer’s return as everyone is feeling lonely. He apologizes for the dark color of the writing ink in case it is illegible.
Description: 
Feld-Post [letter #1]; Frankfurt; no postmark; 12.7.18; 4.75x3.75" (12x9.5cm); Feldpostbrief [letter #2]; handwritten date 5.7.18; 4.5x3.25" (11x8.5cm)
Date: 
1918-07-6/11
Location: 
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Time Period: 
Nineteen tens
Subject: 
Pommer, Paul--Correspondence
People Identified: 
Pommer, Paul
Places Identified: 
Glogów (Województwo Dolnośląskie, Poland)
Subject-AAT: 
Correspondence artifacts
Subject: 
Soldiers--Germany--Correspondence
People Identified: 
Pommer, Martin
Places Identified: 
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Subject: 
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, German
People Identified: 
Pommer, Lydia
Subject: 
Personal correspondence
People Identified: 
Kuemmerte, Karl
Subject: 
World War, 1914-1918--Casualties
People Identified: 
Uhl, Adolf
Subject: 
Germany--Frankfurt am Main--Social conditions--1914-1918
People Identified: 
Eames, Adolf
People Identified: 
Schanermann, Bertha
People Identified: 
Schnorr, Anna 
Publisher: 
Western Michigan University
Source: 
Paul Pommer, World War I German soldier's scrapbook. World War I German Soldiers Album Collection. Western Michigan University Special Collections: http://luna.library.wmich.edu/luna/servlet/s/i92l45
Provenance: 
Purchased by WMU Special Collections in February 2015 from F.A. Bernett Books of Boston, who obtained them from the family of Paul Pommer, Germany.
Language: 
ger
Collection: 
World War I and World War II: Personal Narratives
Rights: 
No Known Copyright. The digital version is available for educational use under 'Fair Use' guidelines. For additional permission and further information contact the WMU Libraries.
File Format: 
image/jp2
Digitization Date: 
2020