I had thought that Dorle and Bill Barker, her British policeman lover, were only together on a boat from Trieste to Jaiffa in Palestine where Barker was stationed, but another undated letter revealed that they were in Paris with each other in November of 1936. Dorle had given Bill two American dollars to “adjust some small payment I had made for you,” and Bill kept them in his wallet as keepsakes for years.

When Bill found himself back in Paris trying to get to London before the war broke out, “no bank would so much as peep” at his “poor Palestinian pounds,” and he was forced to exchange Dorle’s bills.

“It would have amused you,” he wrote to her, “if you had seen me toying with the idea of waiting until I was rescued from England at the risk of being swept out of Paris if there had been an air-raid or an attack on the Western Front rather than part with my two dollars.”

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