The 280th supported the Haus am Fichtenberg Childrens Home with both financial assistance and by establishing "father figure" relationships with the Kinder. We owe Charles McGehee our thanks for contributing copies of these letters from the children and the Kinderheim administration to the 280th members.

        Dear Americans,
         
        I liked it very much. I liked the food, the drinks and ice cream very much.  It was very         warm and I got a tan.  We also played ball and badminton very well.  It was very nice.
    
        Many greetings and thanks.

        Your Heyk Groke

 

 

              Dear Americans,  

              Thank you so much for the food and games which you gave us. This was the
              last time I will be with you since I will be traveling to Norway soon.  I liked the
              the salad the best and the buns, too.

              Many greetings,

              Your Lutz Okner
 

           Dear Americans,

           I enjoyed the afternoon very much.  I liked the food, especially the ice cream.
           Playing golf was a lot of fun.  The other games were also fun.

           Many greetings.

           Your Amim Jokisch

 
          
           Dear Americans!

           I want to thank you for the nice aftermoon.  I liked the food and the ice cream too.

           Many greetings,

           Your Juergen Raetsch

 

             Many Thanks.

             Peter Kohl
 
 
              
              Many thanks.

              Lothar Maliczewski

 

            Dear Americans

            I would like to thank you belatedly for my birthday gift, for the pants and shirt.
            I want to thank you too for the nice afternoon and for the food. I liked it very
            much.

            Many greetings.

            Your Axel Neuendorf

 
 
             
             Many thanks for the balls.     Your Michael
   

          
              
           
            Dear Americans
         
            I would like to thank you for the trip in the bus and for the food. I liked the food
            very much.

            Your,

            Bernd Lorenz   
  
 

                   Dear Americans!

                   I liked it a lot. I liked the food a lot.  I ate three helpings of ice cream.
                   The best game I played was the one with the ball and bat. I drank a lot.

                   Many greetings.

                   Dieter Glasser

 
                                      Many thanks       Ottokar Petters
 
              Dear Americans!

              I want to thank you for the fits.  The corduroy shirt fits me well. I liked the
              and ice cream a lot.  I liked the magic tricks a lot.

              Many greetings,

              Your Heyk
 

                Dear Americans!

                I want to thank you for the nice corduroy shirt.  I have already begun to
                read the book.  It is called "The Chirldren's Caravan."  I liked the flying
                saucer a lot.  It was fun.  I liked the cake and ice cream a lot.  The
                magician was also very nice.

                Your,

                Axel Neuendorf
                   
 

                       Dear Americans!

                       I want to thank you for the corduroy pants and for the nice book.
                       It is called "Fog, Storm and Reefs."  I also liked the magician very
                       much.

                       Many greetings,

                       Werner Kroeger
 
 

                    Dear Americans!

                    I want to thank you for the gifts.  I liked the cake and ice cream a lot.
                    The book that we received is very exciting.  I've already read very much.
                    The magician's tricks were very good.

                    Your, 

                    Dieter Glasser
    
 

                   Dear Americans!

                   I want to thank you for the pants and book.  I liked the magician
                   very much.

                   Many greetings.

                   Your Werner Witt


                      Dear Americans!

                      I want to thank you for the gifts.  I have already started to read my
                      book, "The Jungle Books."  It was really nice with you.  I liked the
                      presentation a lot, too.

                      Many greetings,

                      Your

                      Klaus-Dieter Ebel

 

                        Dear Americans!

                        I want to thank you for the railroad and the pants and the book.  I
                        liked the cake and ice cream very much.  The magician made very
                        good tricks.

                        Many greetings,

                        Your

                        Ottokar Petters

 

                   Dear Americans!

                   I want to thank you for the corduroy shirt for my birthday and the
                   corduroy pants for Christmas.  I can really use both of them.

                   Many greetings,

                   Your Juergen Raetsch

 
                
                 Dear Americans!

                 I would like to thank you for the corduroy pants and for the train. I liked
                 the ice cream and cake very much.  I don't know how the magician did
                 that with the mild and sack.  When school starts I can wear the pants.  I'm
                 looking forward to it.

                 Many greetings,

                 Your

                 Jochen Hintze
                     
 

                      Dear Americans!

                      I would like to thank you for the corduroy shirt.  I like to wear it.

                      Many greetings,

                      Amim Jokisch

 

                                Many thanks.   George Mix

                                Dietmar Danitz
                                Lothar Maliczewski
                                Michael Langner

 
 
 
 
 
 

                   Dear Americans,

                   I would like to thank you for the airplane and helicopter.  I liked the
                   cake very much and the ice cream, too.  I always like it when you
                   come and play with us.  Right now we can't play in the garden because
                   new grass has been planted.  We can only play in the sand box and on
                   the jungle gym.

                   Greetings from

                   Your Axel Neuendorf

                Dear American friends,

                My name is Ottokar.  I just turned eight.  I would like to thank you for
                the construction set.  I have never received such a large gift before.  
                Thank you so much.  I always like the cake and ice cream, too.
                Unfortunately I can't eat much of it since I get full so quickly.

                Greetings from

                Your Ottokar

 
                       
                        Dear American friends,

                        It was a great surprise Saturday when we heard that you were
                        coming not to visit us but rather to pick us up.  We suspected
                        that you were going to take us to the circus, but only when we
                        saw the tickets did we know for certain.  It is always such fun
                        to ride in your bus.  It was the first time that I had ever been in
                        the Deutschlandhalle.  We enjoyed it very much, and still talk
                        about it.  We want to thank you very much.

                        Very best wishes from

                        Your

                        Klaus Dieter Ebel
                        Dieter Glasser
                        Hans-Peter Fischer
                        Klaus Kosbab
                        Lothar Maliczewski
                        Jochen Hinze
                        Werner Kroger
                        Ottokar Petters
                        Werner Witt
                        Heyk Groke
                        Axel Neuendorf
                        Jurgen Ratsch
                        Arnim Jokisch                    

 
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