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This letter was written by Margarethe Wiener to her daughter, Ruth Wiener, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday while they were incarcerated in Westerbork Transit Camp with Ruth's two younger sisters, Eva and Mirjam. Margarete touching letter explains her pride in Ruth’s development, and her appreciation of Ruth’s support with her younger sisters since being incarcerated in Westerbork.
"Tomorrow you will be 16 years old, not a child but a young girl, a very young girl. A new stage of life will begin for you. In normal times we would have celebrated this new beginning with all things good and beautiful...It fills me with great regret that all of this is impossible, but you know, my good one, it is like this for everybody now and we have to hope that we will be able to make up for it one day."