Annual Book Festival Holocaust luncheon features a sentimental story

by | Nov 6, 2015 | What’s Happening

Thursday, Nov. 12, noon, Simon Family JCC

Sarah Wildman will present Paper Love: Searching for the Girl my Grandfather Left Behind at the Lee and Bernard Jaffe*Family Jewish Book Festival’s annual Holocaust luncheon.

This journalist details her search to shed light on a mysterious woman who was her grandfather’s lover in prewar Vienna.

“Ignore anyone who tells you there is nothing more to be said about the Holocaust, and no new ways of telling the tragedy,” says The Story of the Jewish author Simon Schama. “Sarah Wildman’s gripping, tender, beautifully painful book gets to the heart of the matter through matters of the heart. And along with the pathos and pain, there is profound and honest thoughtfulness too.”

This debut novelist worked closely with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington to piece together a story through research. Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure, says “Sarah Wildman uses the story of a single, fascinating but utterly normal woman to illuminate the tragedy of millions murdered during the Holocaust. Though the themes are universal—family, memory, myth— what makes this remarkable book shine is the way Wildman brings to life a person lost to history, making us care desperately both for her and for her vanished world.”

This event is presented in partnership with the Holocaust Commission of the UJFT.

Call 321-2338 to reserve a space and for information on boxed lunches for sale.