Fritz Schwille - German Worker During World War II - Brandenburg Prison Berlin, September 22, 1941

All you dear Ones!

 

You were worried about my state of health.  That is not necessary for I was always well.  You should not worry so much about me. 

 

My case has come up.  On Thursday Sept 18, 1941, I was tried before the Reich's Court Martial.  The sentence was no surprise to me.  I could not expect anything else and I was prepared for it.  At one time, I thought some another way would open up, but it was not to be.  The sentence is only verbal and not yet binding.  It may take weeks before it is legal.  I may be in Brandenburg prison for some time yet, so this will hardly be my last letter to you. 

 

Now I have one wish: That you, for my sake, be quite resigned and at rest.  Even if it is sad, all sadness can be overcome.  I have struggled with His help - and I have overcome.  I have rest of heart in what now is and what is yet to come.  For a little while I felt forsaken, but the weeks and months were not all without joy.  Even now, I wish I had the opportunity to get out.  But: "I cannot now go back" I have put my house in order.  I am not very afraid if it takes me nearer Jordan.  It will only be a moment when I go down into it's waves.  Then the sorrow and pain is past. 

 

Sometimes in my life, I have thought about that hour and longed for that rest.  Father, Mother, Karl, and Hans went before and I did not wish them back from the place where the faithful are resting. 

 

Gladly, I would have liked to have stood by you dear ones in the years ahead in the battle of life.  The Lord will not forsake you.  Be strong and of good courage, because you still have work to do - and through God's goodness, you will have happier days in life than what you experience right now.  

 

I look back over my life.  It brought me enough sorrow, but also not a little of the most beautiful JOY!

 

Many times in life one has learned to die and it imparts strength which is stronger than death.

 

Before men, I leave this world without honor.  You will be able to bear this, my disgrace.  It will not be in vain for you. 

 

I believe the friends will gladly stand by you.  Be strong and prepared.  I hope later to write to you again.      

 

Many greetings to both of you and all the Loved Ones in the Lord.  Greetings to the relatives!

 

From your brother,  

Fritz