Dear Poppa Author Ruth Berman Paper Category: Biography, Memoir August 15, 1997 339 pages 6 x 9 inches ISBN: 9780873513586 Dear Poppa: The World War II Berman Family Letters $15.95 TabsDescriptionDavid, Betsy, and Sammy Berman were nine, six, and four years old in May 1943 when the U.S. Army sent their father, Dr. Reuben Berman, to Europe. Over the next two and a half years, the children regularly gathered around their mother, Isabel, in their Minneapolis home while she typed exactly what they wanted to say to their father. This collection of more than 340 letters, selected from more than a thousand exchanged by the Berman family via V-mail, captures the anxiety and loss that children experienced when their fathers left for war. Author informationRuth Berman, too young to write to Poppa during wartime, collected and transcribed her siblings’ and parents’ letters for publication. Judy Barrett Litoff selected for this volume those letters that speak most clearly about the children’s experiences; her Introduction ties this family’s story to the history of wartime America. She is a professor of American history at Bryant College and the editor of Since You Went Away: World War II Letters from American Women of the Home Front (1991).