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Author Waldstein Wilkes, Helen, 1936-
Title Letters from the lost : a memoir of discovery / Helen Waldstein Wilkes.
Imprint Edmonton [Alta.] : Athabasca University Press, [2010]
Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Gibson Library Connections, 2010.

Author Waldstein Wilkes, Helen, 1936-
Series Our lives: diary, memoir, and letters, 1921-6653
Our lives: diary, memoir, and letters series (Edmonton, Alta.)
Subject Waldstein Wilkes, Helen, 1936- -- Family.
Waldstein Wilkes, Helen, 1936-
Jews -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Biography.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Czech Republic -- Personal narratives.
Jews -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Correspondence.
Jews -- Canada -- Biography.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 280 pages : illustrations, map, portraits).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Family Tree -- Opening the Box -- Leaving Home -- Letters to Antwerp -- Starting Over -- Letters to Canada -- Searching In Europe: 1997-1998 -- My Aunts and Uncles -- My Grandparents -- War Breaks Out -- The Family Copes -- The Letters Stop -- Imagining -- After the War -- Finding Home -- Searching for Family Again -- Searching for Family One Last Time -- Epilogue.
Summary "On March 15, 1939, Helen Waldstein's father snatched his stamped exit visa from a distracted clerk to escape from Prague with his wife and child. As the Nazis closed in on a war-torn Czechoslovakia, only letters from their extended family could reach Canada through the barriers of conflict. The Waldstein family received these letters as they made their lives on a southern Ontario farm, where they learned to be Canadian and forget their Jewish roots. Helen Waldstein read these letters as an adult--this changed everything. As her past refused to keep silent, Helen followed the trail of the letters back to Europe, where she discovered living witnesses who could attest to the letters' contents. She has here interwoven their stories and her own into a compelling narrative of suffering, survivor guilt, and overcoming intergenerational obstacles when exploring a traumatic past."--Publisher's description.
ISBN 9781897425541 (electronic bk.)
1897425546 (electronic bk.)
9781897425534 (pbk.)
OCLC # 609988684
Additional Format Print version: Waldstein Wilkes, Helen, 1936- Letters from the lost. Edmonton : Athabasca University Press, ©2010 9781897425534 (OCoLC)458726764

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