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.
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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_facet Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Austria, Jewish refugees -- Massachusetts -- Biography, Jews -- Austria -- Biography, Jews, Austrian -- Massachusetts -- Biography, Scheftel, Valerie, -- 1911-, Wildman, Karl, Wildman, Sarah
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