Minnesota Historical Society

Dear Poppa

$ 15.95

Author Ruth Berman

Minnesota Historical Society Press (August 15, 1997)


David, Betsy, and Sammy Berman were nine, six, and four years old in May 1943 when the U.S. Army sent their father, Dr. Reuben Berman, to Europe. Over the next two and a half years, the children regularly gathered around their mother, Isabel, in their Minneapolis home while she typed exactly what they wanted to say to their father. This collection of more than 340 letters, selected from more than a thousand exchanged by the Berman family via V-mail, captures the anxiety and loss that children experienced when their fathers left for war.

Author information

Ruth Berman, too young to write to Poppa during wartime, collected and transcribed her siblings’ and parents’ letters for publication.

Judy Barrett Litoff selected for this volume those letters that speak most clearly about the children’s experiences; her Introduction ties this family’s story to the history of wartime America. She is a professor of American history at Bryant College and the editor of Since You Went Away: World War II Letters from American Women of the Home Front (1991).

  • 339 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873513586

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