Here is proof that my father attended the school Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin in the 1930’s. I found this document among his belongings. He must have requested the letter(click on image to see it enlarged) as part of an application to graduate school – he attended Syracuse U. at one point, and he received a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Columbia University. Eventually I will look up the dates.
I remember previously thinking that my father spoke Yiddish at home, as his parents were both immigrants. He said no, they spoke English at home. He learned Yiddish when he attended Chaim Berlin. Later he went to Yeshiva University for college. He was more comfortable with the hashgafa (philosophy) of Yeshiva University (Torah Umadda – Torah and Science or Torah and secular knowledge).
A few notes on the document: 1) There are a mix of fonts in the top address. 2) Someone crossed the name of the principal on the left – I guess reprinting letterhead was time-consuming and expensive. 3) The letter needed a stamp from the Borough of Brooklyn on the right. What do you see?
Have you learned more about a relative from a document/documents?