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Driving To Treblinka: A Long Search For A Lost Father


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Driving To Treblinka: A Long Search For A Lost Father by Diana Wichtel
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I can’t call this a review, it’s more of a sincere 'thank you’ to Diana Wichtel for writing this book. Having read and relished her columns for years, I (and probably quite a few others) bought 'Driving to Treblinka’ mostly out of respect for this very talented lady. It seems a bit of wine went into putting it together, and I confess a bit of wine went into me while I read it. Parts of it are heart-warming, parts are bone-chilling, parts are funny as hell and parts are terribly difficult to read. While turning the pages it feels a little like listening to an old friend relating something deeply personal about events that are impossible for most of us to comprehend but which must never, ever be forgotten.

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Diana Wichtel was born in Vancouver. Her mother was a New Zealander, her father a Polish Jew who had jumped off a train to the Treblinka death camp and hidden from the Nazis until the end of the war. When Diana was 13 she moved to New Zealand with her mother, sister and brother. Her father was to follow. Diana never saw him again. Growing up in New Zealand she gave her father little thought, but later in her life troubling questions began to emerge. What had happened to him? Why had he not re-joined the family? Diana's quest took her around the world as she tracked down long-lost relatives, historians, archivists - anyone who might know something about her father, and about the members of his family who had been trapped in the Warsaw ghetto. Painstakingly, with extensive research and numerous interviews, she discovered the truth. The story of Diana's search is also a moving meditation on how none of us can know who we really are until we confront and understand our past, no matter how painful.

Author Biography

Diana Wichtel is an award-winning journalist. She has been a feature writer and television critic at New Zealand Listener for 32 years. After gaining an MA at Auckland University she tutored English before moving to the Listener in 1984. She has written dialogue for television and a New Zealand Herald column. She was a 2016 holder of the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship.
Release date NZ
September 30th, 2013
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Awa Press
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