The letter itself
My friend Harriet, whom I taught with at San Francisco State, holds a Ph.D. in German and has moved to Germany -- she is working as a translator at a university in the former East Germany. Because the handwriting in the letter is so difficult to understand, she has enlisted the help of two ladies: her host mother from when she was studying in Germany and her mother's 77 year old friend. Here they are working on reading the letter:
Note that they are fortified in their work with good German wine
I'm excited to learn what it says. I'll let you know as soon as I find out.