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Letters from the Lost: A Memoir of Discovery

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
On March 15, 1939, Helen Waldstein’s father snatched his stamped exit visa from a distracted clerk to get his wife and child out of Prague. Only letters from the rest of their family could follow as the Nazis closed in. Through the war years, letters arrived at the southern Ontario farm where Helen’s small family learned to be Canadian farmers, to speak English, and to for ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Au Press (first published February 1st 2001)
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Cora Lein
Jul 26, 2014 Cora Lein rated it it was amazing
Eine Rezension zu einer wahren Geschichte zu schreiben ist immer schwer. Noch schwerer ist es, wenn das Buch so gut war, dass einem die Worte fehlen. Und genauso geht es mir. Ich habe den Titel gelesen, habe mir das Cover angeschaut und wurde neugierig, auch der Klappentext versprach eine aufrührende Geschichte, dennoch hatte ich irgendwie Angst dieses Buch zu lesen. Ich bin immer sehr emotional und war mir nicht mehr sicher ob das Buch nicht “zu nah” ist. Als ich es dann doch in den Händen hiel ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Ragna rated it liked it
A gripping story where you get to know the European relatives of the writer through the letters that were sent to her parents, living in Canada, during WW2.
After lying in a box for almost half a century the author reads, investigates and explores her European roots.
A relentless history, and while reading I shed tears more than once.
The big unease that accompanied this read was the bitter fury of the writer. Not directed at Hitler, or the nazis (which she describes would be 'too easy'), but at
Aug 01, 2015 Mindy rated it it was amazing
Letters from the Lost is a beautifully written and profound, moving memoir of the Holocaust. I could NOT put the book it in 2 days. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Holocaust literature. In the forward, Helen Waldstein Wilkes uses the 4 words: "moving, searing, wrenching, and inspiring" to describe "memoirs of the Holocaust and the feelings they evoke." These adjectives could not be more perfect in describing the emotions I felt while reading this wonderful book. ...more
Shonna Froebel
Feb 09, 2013 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it
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This book is a compilation of letters from Helen's relatives that never made it out of the Czech Republic to safety and most of whom died in the Holocaust. There is also a few letters from an uncle that survived the camps, but was utterly changed by them. More than the letters, the book describes Helen's parents' own flight to Canada, their struggles to make a living in their adopted country, and the silence they maintained about the lost family. Helen describes this well, including her own expe ...more
Jane Botelho
Feb 22, 2014 Jane Botelho rated it it was amazing
I had an opportunity to participate in a study group on the Holocaust that included survivors on the panel of speakers. That was in depth and looked at the whole event. This book gives a very individual story about one nuclear family and a box of letters saved and never read for over 50 years. I found this non fiction work compelling and we'll worth the read.
Oct 27, 2010 Djdee rated it really liked it
Excellent.Part of a great series describing the immigrant experience in Canada.There also has a holocaust connection.A different twist to an old history.A must read if you are interested in this topic.
Jun 09, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
I could only read this memoir in small chunks. Such is the pain of the holocaust. May it never be erased of forgotten. We need to remember so nothing like it ever happens again.
Jun 26, 2013 Bruce rated it it was amazing
A moving memoir about a writer who learns more about her family's experiences during the Holocaust and winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction.
Kathryn Burke
Oct 07, 2012 Kathryn Burke rated it it was amazing
An absolutely compelling read that presents an intimate view of the terror of World War 2 and religious hate. A significant and important contribution.
Dec 04, 2011 Eunice rated it it was amazing
It is so well-written it would have been a delight to read if the subject hadn't been so painful. At times I shed tears.
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