Untold Stories

Untold Stories

“My father never spoke about the war.” As I researched the World War II background for Daughters of Riga, I heard this statement several times: from the daughter of one of the U.S. soldiers who liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; from an English friend...
Meet Me At The Winthrop Library

Meet Me At The Winthrop Library

“The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Albert Einstein. When I first arrived in the US (Atlanta) and introduced myself to strangers, I often received the response, “Marian the Librarian?” Unfamiliar with The Music Man show...
A Long And Winding Road

A Long And Winding Road

February 28: Publication Day! When, last summer, the Wild Rose Press told me Daughters of Riga would be released on February 28, 2024, the date seemed impossibly distant. Until I remembered how long it had been since this writing journey began: I completed the first...
The Consul’s Daughter

The Consul’s Daughter

Edith Zwartendijk was twelve years old in 1939 when her father Jan Zwartendijk reluctantly accepted the post of Dutch Consul in Kaunas, Lithuania. She remembers him working late into the night to issue over 2,300 visas to Curaçao, a Dutch colony in the Caribbean,...

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