Paper love: searching for the girl my grandfather left behind

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One woman’s journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory.Years after her grandfather’s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A–G.” What she found inside weren’t dry medical histories; instead what was written opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: those from Valy—Valerie Scheftel. Her grandfather’s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria.Valy’s name wasn’t unknown to her—Wildman had once asked her grandmother about a dark-haired young woman whose images she found in an old photo album. “She was your grandfather’s true love,” her grandmother said at the time, and refused any other questions. But now, with the help of the letters, Wildman started to piece together Valy’s story. They revealed a woman desperate to escape and clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.Obsessed with Valy’s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman. On in the course of discovering Valy’s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfather’s triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life and in the process, she rescues a life seemingly lost to history.
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One woman's journey to find the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe, and an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory.

Years after her grandfather's death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a box of his letters, labeled "Patient Correspondence." But the letters inside weren't the dry details of his patients; instead, they were a path into his past, and the story of Valerie (Valy) Scheftel, the woman he left behind when he fled Europe on the eve of the Nazi annexation of Austria.

Wildman had spent her entire childhood obsessed with her grandfather's escape from Vienna. He was the hero in a myth of success and happiness. But she knew this was only part of the story. Years before, she had found a photograph of a young woman tucked away in a photo album. When confronted with the photo, her grandmother would say only, "She was your grandfather's true love." Now, with the help of the letters, Wildman began to piece together who she was. The letters revealed a woman anxious to leave but also finding comfort in remembering a love that she held desperately to, even as Wildman's grandfather began a new life in America.

Determined to discover what happened to Valy and what her grandfather had done to help her, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and forced her to reexamine the story of her grandfather's triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life, discovering Valy's ultimate fate, and in the process rescuing a life seemingly lost to history.

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subject_facetHolocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Austria
Jewish refugees -- Massachusetts -- Biography
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Scheftel, Valerie, -- 1911-1943
Wildman, Karl
Wildman, Sarah
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