Chronogram Magazine. November 1, 2016
By Jana Martin
Alexandra Weinbaum says she did a lot of thinking as she crossed the meadows of Lake Hill. When the part-time Woodstock resident shifted from education to authorship, her topic was harrowing, and the fields offered solace.
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LETTERS WRITTEN IN DESPERATE TIMES
by Nick Underwood
he box of letters almost wound up in the trash. The cause for pause were words written on it: “Careful Old Letters.” Such a short and simple message; given the box’s tattered corners, was it meant to indicate the fragility of the contents? Or was it a warning about the potential impact of what was written inside?
It’s been said that we inherit the memories of past generations. For families who lost loved ones in the Holocaust, tragedy felt like something known right “in my bones,” as author Alexandra Weinbaum writes. Her remarkable new book, Careful Old Letters: A Jewish Family’s Story — Lodz, Warsaw, Paris — is an odyssey on two levels.
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