By the time many of us had the maturity to want to know more about our parent’s past they were no longer around to do so. When your parents lived through a horror such as the Holocaust, persecution in Chile or China or the winter wars of Finland, their history lives over the family like a cloud and often the full story is never able to be told.
When a good friend and author found a series of postcards his German-born father had sent and received in 1940 and 1941 to his family and friends back in Germany (he had escaped to Sweden from the camps in Germany) he was like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole.
These postcards transported Torkel S. Wächter back in time to his father’s life and the opportunity to answer the questions that had lingered in his mind both before and certainly after his father’s passing. Answering questions of the past can help understand the present, who we are and for our children to know the family in which they are part of.
Today Torkel has released a remarkable publication. Not a best selling book like his two previous projects, but a website that presents and explains his father’s remarkable story.
From today (coincidentally the eve of the first day of the Passover festival when the Jews fled as slaves from Egypt) until the end of the year, the website will release the postcards on the same date they were written 70 years ago.
Every survivor has a story worth telling. Few get the chance, even fewer get to have it presented in this intelligent, beautiful and insightful way that will live over this year and for many years to come. Walter Wächter’s story will live with you for 2010 and for many years to come and remind us of the atrocities of the Holocaust and the power of the will to survive.
Do read this living history, it will live with you.