AND EDITOR'S NOTE:
from Dorothy von Moltke's letters and other source materials
have been carefully proofed word-for-word to match the original
handwritten documents, which means that misspellings, odd
punctuation, and other minor quirks remain for you to see.
We believe that
you, as did we, will get to know Dorothy von Moltke as an
incisive and caring individual, and will be transported
back to her life as a member of Germany's elite society.
She describes in these letters to her parents in South Africa
the idyllic period leading up to World War I; the descent
into the chaos of World War I; the effects of the Treaty
of Versailles; the Weimar Government's trials, tribulations,
and economic hardships; the Depression; and the drama of
Hitler's takeover of Germany.
By the time we
finished reading aloud (for proofing purposes) the last
letter, written in 1934, not long before Dorothy died suddenly,
in 1935, at age fifty-one, we both cried, realizing that
she did not know what was about to happen to her beloved
adopted country and to her five children during World War