Prisoner of War mail, by Ruggero Bacci, to Minnie Bacci, November 2, 1942
This handwritten prisoner of war mail in Italian, was sent by Ruggero Bacci, and is addressed to his wife Minnie Bacci, on November 2, 1942.
Most of the letter addresses the health of his wife and his youngest son Alfo -- who seems to be suffering from an ailment. Alfo seems to have had bronchitis as a child, and Bacci is clearly worried about his current health. Bacci seems pleased to hear that his wife's condition has improved. He asks them to eat well and rest. Towards the end of the letter, Bacci references his eldest son Aldo and the fact that he might be called for military service. It's clear the father does not want the son to serve due to his internment and the family's situation.
Bacci was interned for almost three years. In his absence, his wife Erminia (Minnie) suffered a serious nervous breakdown and was hospitalized at length. His oldest son Aldo was forced to quit high school to help support the family. When his father was released and returned home, Aldo received notice that he was conscripted into the Canadian Army; however, he did not serve overseas.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials on loan by the Bacci family.