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Sally Sigel Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 5, Folder: 13, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2018-153-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains four letters written to Sally Sigel by various authors during and shortly after the Second World War. The letters were written from acquaintances while oversees, including Technician Fifth Grade John M. Polder, United States Army Air Force, Joseph A. Zenz, a technical observer for the War Department, and Emma Nease of the American Red Cross. The collection also includes three blank photo postcards sent along with Emma's correspondence.

T/5 Polder wrote in January 1943 from the Nashville Army Air Center - Army Air Force Classification Center in Tennessee where he was continuing training and education to become either a pilot, a navigator, or a bombardier.

Joseph Zenz wrote in July 1945 describing the hotel accomodations in France after the war while serving the war department as a civilian. He mentions frequently being saluted by enlisted men and officers and how awkward that can be. He also describes the celebration of Bastille Day, the first in five years, and how the French are like "children" because they get so excited, even using large amounts of coal for the lights even though it is a finite and precious commodity shortly after the war.

Emma Jean "the doughnut queen" Nease wrote in August and October 1945 describing the great time she is having in France, and later Bremen, Germany as a member of the American Red Cross and the Red Cross Clubmobiles. She works serving coffee and lunch to servicemen but mostly enjoys the dancing, movies, travelling, and window shopping. She enjoys the freedom to travel and get the GIs to take her anywhere, including a trip to Cannes and a flight in a C-47 over Mont Blanc. She also describes the processing of redeployed troops for occupation and the the "RAMPs," or "Released Allied Military Prisoners."


  • 1943 January 3 - 1945 October 16

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This collection is open for research.

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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.


0.025 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains four correspondence to Sally Sigel from various authors during and shortly after the Second World War.


This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Michelle Braverman

Finding Aid for the Sally Sigel Second World War correspondence
Andrew Harman
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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