Meet new member Claire Ohlsson Geheb
Claire Ohlsson Geheb
Throughout my life I have developed a passion for history, especially social history. As I learned about the important events of the past, I always wanted to know about the ordinary people and wondered what their lives were like. When my husband brought home his father’s old suitcase, filled with letters, we didn’t realize it was really a treasure chest. As the old German letters were translated into English, I was intrigued by the stories that were told. What started as a family project developed into a mission to share these revealing stories with others who have an interest in social history. As I edited and organized the letters, journals and photos, I also added historical comments for clarification. It has been an unexpected journey for me and added another dimension to my life. I believe this book touches readers in a primal way as it describes what we all want: to live our lives the best we can.
Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well Lived
Experience the lives of a German American immigrant and his family in Germany during the tumultuous years from 1914 to 1947. Dear Willy is about contrasts, love, loyalties and how determination can lead to a better life. History can be viewed from many angles, but there is nothing like firsthand accounts to bring it to life. Poignant letters sent to and from Germany became the lifeline for the Geheb family as they shared concerns, triumphs and tragedies. These candid accounts of their lives take the reader back in time and into their personal world.