27th June, 1916
Nizhnevdinsk

My dearest little mouse! A very long interval between the last and the present letter. The reason for this is that I am now very busy. I get up at 4.30a.m. and prepare for my Hungarian and Italian lessons. Sometimes I also work on Chemistry. From 7 - 8 I make my toilet and breakfast. From 8 - 9 I usually read German or English literature. At 9 o'clock the signal for going out is heard and I go and do Swedish gymnastics, that lasts till about 9.45. From 10-11 I have conversation in Esperanto. At 11 we have to go back to our room. Three times a week I have Italian lessons. The time from 12 - 2 is devoted to lunch usually a very lively discussion and then a little nap.

Then comes Prof. Stettner for my Hungarian lesson. - At 3 o'clock the signal is given again; I go out and am immediately busy again conversing in either Hungarian or in German with a Turkish officer. - We walk outside till 6p.m. At 6.30 is supper time and then half an hour break. - Thereafter comes my pupil whom I teach German, this goes on usually for 2 hours. Moreover, I teach several hours per week Esperanto and Chemistry. So you can see that I am fully occupied from 4.30 in the morning till 10 at night. - And add to this that I can write in this book only in the morning when I have peace and quiet. And perhaps my somewhat ill humour caused by inadequate mail must also be blamed for me not writing for such a long time.

In the last few days the news from the front and the general situation have played on the nerves of all of us. I am very worried about Hugo. Darling, I am afraid we will need a lot of patience yet before we are together again. But this cannot be helped and so we have to go on hoping. May God give you and the children health, then everything will be fine again. I always think of you with love and gratitude and the thought of our dear children helps me to persevere. To them and yourself ardent kisses.

© The estate of Otto Feldmann: Monica Lanyado, Tzafrah Shushan and Aya Shochat