We arrived in
Here’s our story. Sunday eve we arrived at the
At Kantara we came across several thousand Australian troops who were being sent to
After much waiting we were finally put into some Red Cross autos and taken across the canal and about two miles inland to the African station Kantara. There was a large camp almost deserted, but with a canteen still in operation – and we were duly grateful. At about eleven we were ushered into our sleeping quarters on the train to take us to Ludd. More pretentious quarters I’ve never seen. Each compartment contained two layers of boards with a thin leather covering – and nothing more. I located the baggage car and got out my blanket. Lying on my big overcoat, with my jacket as a pillow, and covered by the steamer rug I expected to be very comfortable – but I didn’t take into consideration the eccentric motions of the train or the delicious and refreshing flavour of the desert sand. Before retiring I had, in orthodox military style, polished and cleaned my shoes. The next morning they were coated in a thin layer of desert, as was everything including our throats. We arrived at Ludd about seven o’clock A.M. and were greeted in thoroly Oriental fashion by Mr. Lewin-Epstein*, who is the acting chairman of the Zionist Commission at present and a lovable old man.
The Army canteen of the camp at Ludd served us a good breakfast, and then we came out and looked about us. We were finally arrived in
Our cars were loaded with our baggage, so in an old French car we set out for
The children speak German. French, English, and Hebrew with equal ability and among themselves use any one of the four at random.
We have had very little opportunity for sightseeing – one conference has succeeded another but today we are going to
There is an Italian in our midst – one Commander Bianchini* – a fine fellow and an enthusiastic Zionist. He ranks high in the Italian Navy and has a chest full of medal ribbons. He speaks several languages fluently and has the decided asset of being very cool and level-headed.
It’s going to take a week or two until we get properly acclimated, until we know all there is to know, until we are ready to begin work in earnest. Meanwhile we are listening, and studying, and not planning anything.
Lots of love and kisses,
Lewin-Epstein, Eliyahu Zvi:- b. Lithuania 1863 – d. Palestine 1932; acting head of the Zionist Commission in Palestine and of the AZMU after 1918
Levi-Bianchini, Commandante Angelo:- b.
AMZU:- American Zionist Medical Unit, founded 1918, financed by Hadassah, ZOA (Zionist Organisation of America), AJJDC (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee), Palestine Restoration Fund