Prisoner of War mail, by Ruggero Bacci, to Mrs. Minnie Bacci, March 19, 1942

This handwritten prisoner of war mail in Italian, was sent by Ruggero Bacci, and is addressed to his wife Minnie Bacci, on March 19, 1942.

Bacci writes that he is happy to hear that everyone is well and that their children are behaving. He notes the recent release of 43 internees, who like him were Italian citizens. He laments that he seems to have no such luck, but that when he is released, he will inform her via telegram. Bacci asks his wife to remain calm and not to place too much hope in his release. He notes that he plans to send a package for Easter, with 3 boxes and other materials -- presumably items made by the internees in camp. Bacci tells his wife how to distribute the objects, noting his aunt, sister and a newborn niece. He seems to suggest they are the ones who have not forgotten him during his internment.

LICEA2012.0002.0048 also references the same package.

Bacci was interned for almost three years. In his absence, his wife Erminia (Minnie) suffered a serious nervous breakdown and was hospitalized at length. Bacci's 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.