Sarah Wildman: PAPER LOVE; SEARCHING FOR THE GIRL MY GRANDFATHER LEFT BEHIND

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Date(s) - January 22, 2015
8:00 pm

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Skirball Cultural Center

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Paper Love by Sarah WildmanEmbark on a profoundly personal journey with Sarah Wildman as she discusses her acclaimed new memoir, described as “intimate and mesmerizing” by Publisher’s Weekly—an exploration into family identity, myth, and memory. Part detective story, part love story, Paper Love recounts the author’s hunt for Valerie Scheftel, the lost love her grandfather left behind when he fled pre-World War II Europe. Obsessed, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman and in discovering Valarie’s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfather’s triumphant escape and how this history fit into her own life. In the process, she rescued a life seemingly lost to history. For her research, Wildman was the first journalist allowed to enter the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany, formerly the last major unopened Holocaust archives in the world. Book sale and signing after the presentation.
Co-sponsored by the Skirball Cultural Center. The food cart will be open for light dinners. Free to JGSLA members plus one guest. Other guests, $8.00. Reservations required! More info on the JGSLA.org website, or www.sarahwildman.com. The traveling library opens at 7:15PM.