The story of a first-generation Jewish American couple, Lenny and Diana Miller, separated by World War II, captured in their own words. Their eastern European heritage is reflected through the lens of Lenny’s orthodox home and Diana’s culturally, but not religiously observant upbringing.
Deeply committed to social justice and bonded by love, both vowed to write to one another daily after Lenny enlisted. As Lenny made his way through basic training in Mississippi to the beaches of Normandy as an Army scout and eventually to the Battle of the Bulge, Diana struggled financially, giving up her job as a machinist at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to become a mother. Their contributions to the war efforts are the backdrop to their correspondence, including discussions of democracy, the fight against Hitler and fascism, and economic hardship.
After decades of gathering dust, the couple’s extraordinary letters, both his and hers, preserved in their entirety, and reflecting their personal sacrifices, have been carefully transcribed and thoughtfully edited and annotated by Elizabeth L. Fox, Lenny and Diana’s daughter.