. . . we ate breakfast. One of the girls had brought with her [at deportation] some Lithuanian cheese, which she shared with us. We also had bread and butter an excellent breakfast. For dinner we had cabbage soup, quite tasty too.
Similar austerity back home in Sosnowiec appears in a letter from Sala's sister Raizel:
. . . we still don't have a sweater for you. There is none to be had at the community and we are so broke that we can't afford to buy you one. . . . I could send you mine . . . it might be a little small . . . maybe we should send you [your sister] Blima's green dress, but it has short sleeves.
Letters from home, each bearing a stamped Z from Nazi censors, used code, like Raizel's description of a deportation:
Imagine, I was invited to a wedding. Chajka Szpiro already left to go there, but I didn't go because I wasn't home when the invitation came.