Book Lovers: “Paper Love” Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

(WTNH) — Occasionally, curiosity doesn’t kill the cat. Author and Journalist, Sarah Wildman, opened up a fantastic and intriguing personal journey when digging through her grandfather’s old belongings. The letters she found inside a box became more than just words on paper. They became the starting point of a journey for what her grandmother called, “your grandfather’s true love.”

Ms. Wildman’s grandfather had met Valy Scheftel at the University of Vienna in the late 1930s when they were both studying to become doctors. As their friendship bloomed, so did the reign of Adolf Hitler and the two planned to escape together. As fate would have it, the two would never follow through on their plan. Their story, like many others from this period in time, is so important because “it takes away from the big moments of war like Kristallnacht,” stated Wildman. “Their story gives deeper meaning to what is was like to live there at that time.”

Ms. Wildman would not disclose whether or not the two lovers ever found each other after the war but hinted that the answer to that question lies in the pages of her book. Any other questions could be answered at the JCC of Greater New Haven‘s sponsored book signing and Q&A session at RJ Julia’s Booksellers on December 1st at 7 PM.


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