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Marie Hubly Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 20, Folder: 8
Identifier: 2017-278-w-rd

Content Description

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This collection contains correspondence from Marie Hubly to PFC Samuel Beckenstein during the Second World War. The nature of their relationship is unknown. Included with this letter is a photograph of Marie Hubly and her family. Also included in this collection is an email correspondence between the donor and archivist of the Center in which the donor explains some of the background of the letter, includes a photocopied photograph of Samuel Beckenstein, and makes some clarifications concerning the date in the letter. In the letter, Marie thanks Sam for sending her pictures and a letter, but were disappointed that he was unable to visit them. She discusses VJ day, saying that her family were on holiday in Brighton during the celebrations. She writes, “We spent a lovely fortnight away and VJ day and night there, everyone went crazy. At first, my hubby and I were rather sorry we were not in London, but the excitement there was just as great.” She also discusses how things will never go back to the way they were before the war saying, “Now at least all the fighting is over, although it seems as though things will never get back to normal. I suppose they will in time. They are certainly not going to clothe us too freely. We have to make our clothing coupons go much farther. And the food problem will be hard this winter, but still as I said before, the fighting is over and also the raids, so we must try and be content.” She also writes about her mother’s illnesses. With the letter a photograph of Marie’s family was included with the inscription “Yours sincerely Marie + Phil, Stanley + Ruth 1944.”


  • 1945 August 5

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

The following information was given by the donor: “The letter was sent to my uncle, Samuel Beckenstein. He served in the Army during WW2 as PFC/specialist. I don’t know how he met the letter writer[who was British], but he was known as quite a ladies man (although the letter writer was married). Uncle Sam was Jewish, his parents, originally from Russia, emigrated via the Pale of Settlement. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.”


0.8 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains a letter and a photograph from Marie Hubly to PFC Samuel Beckenstein during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Karen Sandler.

Finding Aid for the Marie Hubly Second World War correspondence
Wynter Salazar
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States