Careful Old Letters

A Jewish Family's Story | Lodz-Warsaw-Paris

Careful Old Letters
by Alexandra Weinbaum

is a family history based on 169 letters and postcards from Lodz, Warsaw, Grenoble and Paris, before, during and after World War II. Her parents grew up in Lodz, Poland and studied and lived in Grenoble and Paris from 1928 to 1938, when they emigrated to the United States. Following her parents’ deaths, her son discovered the letters, written in Polish, German and French, in a tattered carton box labeled “Careful Old Letters.” The prewar letters provide a vivid picture of life in Paris for Polish émigré students. The wartime letters written in desperate times tell the story of the family’s internment in the Lodz and Warsaw Ghettos and the survival of two family members.

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