This letter's dated almost fifteen years after the previous one, back in chapter 6.
The weird thing about this one is that many words and phrases are circled in a red pen, as though your least favorite English teacher got hold of it first.
Whoever did it is mostly circling misspellings ("actreses" and "bourgois" for example) but sometimes they just circle phrases ("To my child:," "Life is scarier than death" and "I love you, Your father").
Also, there's a photo of doorknob smack in the middle of the chapter.
Okay, with that out of the way, let's get to the meat of this sad letter.
Grandpa's writing to his son (i.e., Oskar's father) saying that he writes him a letter every day.
He writes about the night Anna told him she was pregnant. That was the last time he saw her.
That night, bombs fell on Dresden. Everything was incinerated.
He describes the bombing in gory detail, including how he had to kill all the animals that had escaped from the zoo.
Although he looks everywhere for his parents and for Anna, he can't find them.
He remembers that after Anna told him she was pregnant, her father then gave him a letter from Simon Goldberg, who was in a concentration camp.
Goldberg tells Grandpa (whose name is also Thomas Schell) that he wishes him the best.
Grandpa concludes the letter saying that he knows he won't be able to send this letter not matter how hard he tries. (But did he?)