Today I arrived at the military hospital without a hitch. But everything else about the conditions and the result of the examination I already told you about in my last letter. Apparently I have to do a special dietary cure in a hospital in Paris and will be brought there most likely with a shared transport next Wednesday. I have the firm hope that through this cure I will achieve my full health. The cure should last for six weeks. Your dear letter from February 20, 1942 reached me yesterday. My news will have reached you since then. I am always hugely excited when I get mail from you all as I’m sure you can imagine, because that is still the only opportunity I have to stay in connection with our homeland.
As often as is possible, I will write to you. My Feldpost number has stayed the same. The mail is forwarded to me from my troop unit. It just takes a bit longer for me to receive it. Since I’ve been away from home, the tax statement will have arrived with the property and income taxes with the bill for the year 1941. The taxes should amount to a total of about 115-120 RM. Of that, about 50 RM should have been carried over from payment in 1940 and 10 RM each month from the first of September 1941 through the end of February 1942. The money transfer order = 60 RM, for a total of 110 RM.
If you know the exact balance that coincides with the tax payment receipt - it should be somewhere between 5 and 8 RM - then go to the bank and let the balance in the account be written off for March, so that on April 1st we have a clean slate. In addition, I would ask that you go to Mr. Amann at the tax office and ask him about a tax deduction. Last year I received a deduction of 50 RM that was settled according to this year’s taxes as I wrote them above. Above all, we still have to consider the interest from the debt at the bank of 400 RM, the hospital bills of 130 RM, as well as the amount found in the turnover register from the business bank in Laupheim. For repair costs, we can attach the amount of 200 RM to that. Along with that are additional taxes of about 120 RM, fire damage of about 5 RM, and water tax and trash collection of around 50 RM. As one last task I would ask you to please include the amount of your medical bills for after Brigitte’s birth as well as costs for the sicknesses of the children and dentist visits.
Poor Irmgard is still plagued with an ear infection. Even if she tends to whine a lot about it, I can still sympathize with her because I know how painful earaches can be. If it doesn’t get any better, take her to the doctor with Franz.
If worrying about my health becomes too much for you, think on the soldiers in Russia who have become ill in body and in spirit due to the tremendous stress they have been put under. At least for me the most likely outcome is that I will be completely healed after this hunger cure. For years I have had no vacation. Now through the army I have been forced to receive it in the form of a stay in the hospital. From that perspective it’s good for me.
Don’t forget our dear Uncle Franz. He will help all of you where he can. If you give him a good supper every now and again, he will help you with twice the enthusiasm I am sure.
My love, you can write to me everything that is on your heart, and please do so often. Now be warmly greeted and kissed many times from your Josef, who loves you.