Olga Popper Misař to Jane Addams, May 25, 1920

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CONGRÈS INTERNATIONAL DES FEMMES

Vienna, May 25th 1920

Dear Miss Addams,

I cannot tell you how very much delighted I was with your kind sympathetic letter and your speedy help and what a great pleasure your present has given to our fellow-workers.

I received your draft for ten 10 $ packets and they were handed out to us without any difficulty.

Frau Beer-Angerer and I chose out those people who worked most with us and of whom we knew that they were most in need of help. I wish to let you know who they are: --

1. Helene Richetzky and 2. Maria Mates, both working women, who did manual work for our assemblies. They are very poor and certainly never yet got so much food at once for their families. To them the gift meant most.

3. Herr Wilhelm Börner, an author and Philosopher, one of our best speakers and a good personal friend of mine. I know that he has suffered immensely by the war morally and materially.

4. Frau Palzer, our secretary, and 5. Frau Flesh and Frau Turnheim [page 2] who were leaders of the [organizing]-work in different parts of Vienna and are all much in need of help.

Frau Mifka, Frau [illegible], Frau Wallner and Frau Winter helped in doing the [organizing]-work and are all women of the middle-classes who, as you may have heard, are now worse off here than most working women.

You are so kind as to remember my dear friend Frau Kulka. She was certainly very much undernourished and worse able to resist her illness by her weakness, but it was not so much that her circumstances prevented her from procuring food, but that she refused to pay as much attention to the food-question as was necessary during the last years. Nearly everybody could talk or think of nothing but food and it was certainly odious to all idealists and cultured people, but it was necessary for health to find out all the ways and means of procuring food, and this was so difficult that very much thought and work had to be spent on it. Her death meant a very sad loss to all of us.

We were very happy to be able to help some of our other fellow-workers, most of whom had worked for our common cause without payment and many under great personal risk and sacrifices. When we had them all before us again we felt very sorry that it is so hard now to work for our ideals, but life has become so hard now and so much strength and time goes to earning our livelihood and procuring the necessities of life, that we can hardly expect the women to devote their spare moments to us. Still we shall have to try to begin work for peace again by degrees.

At present, however, I only wish to thank you again most heartily for your help and your sympathy in my own name and that of the ten comrades. Frau Beer-Angerer and I send very kind greetings to Miss ↑Hamilton and thanks for her letter and we shall be very much pleased with the longer letter that you promise. Yours very gratefully and sincerely↓

Olga Misař. [signed]