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October 7, 2017 posted by John Duke

AFTERGLOW: Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father by Diana Wichtel

AFTERGLOW: Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father by Diana Wichtel

It was standing room only in the Unity Books Wellington store on Wednesday 4th October, as a buzzing crowd gathered in anticipation of further insights into Diana Wichtel’s intriguing family history. Vancouver born journalist Diana Wichtel, known for her writing in The Listener, has generated considerable anticipation ahead of the release of her book which chronicles her search for the fate of a father lost to her and her family. When Wichtel was aged just 13, they made the move from Canada to New Zealand. While carefully preserving the secrets revealed in the later chapters of the book, Wichtel gave her hushed audience a fascinating insight into the process of tracing her father’s journey across Europe and beyond. As ever, the why in this case is as compelling as the what and Wichtel gave a stirring account of the experience of a journalist, writer and a daughter, driven to the point of compulsion in the pursuit of truth in whatever form the history books and mists of memory can provide it.

Diana Wichtel

Carol Hirschfeld joined Diana Wichtel with a pertinent line of questioning and warm conversation.

Carol Hirschfeld.

Driving to Treblinka has been a talking point in recent weeks and drew in a real crowd.

You could have heard a pin drop!

 

Driving to Treblinka can be purchased at Unity Books and at our online store.

Words and photos by John Duke

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