Letter from Hans Hirzel to Sophie Scholl, 1/24/1943
[Envelope – all handwritten except where indicated:]
To Miss G. Schertling, c/o Wertheimer, Munich, Lindwurm Str. 13
From: Hildegard Schüle, Zollamt – Blumberg
/Postmark: Ulm / Danube, January 24, 1943/
January 24, 1943
Dear Sophie! [Note 1]
I did not receive your letter of the 21st until the 23rd around 4:45 pm. I considered taking a trip to M. [Munich], but decided not to after all, because it would be too difficult. I hope that there was not too much riding on our meeting, in particular that you did not wish to give me anything other than reports … [Note 2]
Note 1: Written L.S.! [Liebe Sophie].
Note 2: Most of the remainder of the letter is difficult to read. Not microfilmed at original size (smaller), so hard to make out letters.
Additionally, while Hans Hirzel’s handwriting throughout most of the Gestapo files is very legible and clear, here he must have been agitated (or on LSD), because it’s scratchy and messy. He makes excuses for not having met up with Sophie Scholl. But exact wording is impossible to render.
Finally, entire letter is not in file. Only front and back of first page is here.
Editor’s note: This was in Gisela Schertling’s file.
Source: Schertling/Schüddekopf (17 – 18)