Letters To Jacob by Maria Hopfgarten

…I went to the hospital library to pick up a few books on grief. I found many books on the grieving process and the stages of grief, but not many personal stories I could relate to. I wanted to give my fellow grievers the raw and personal truth about grief and still finding joy. At the same time, I wanted to give grievers practical tips on how to cope with grief. I wanted to be that friend you can relate to in the hardest times of life…

Between These Walls by Micheal Newman

…Arnold Weisz: A Jewish patent lawyer, he is fired from his partnership when anti-Jewish laws were introduced in Germany in 1935. He goes into hiding from the Nazis into an apartment building’s attic, with his wife, mother-in-law, son, and twin daughters. His father-in-law Alexander Grossman a haberdasher is killed by the Nazis on Krstallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) in 1938. All of the above characters are creations of my imagination and were developed after meticulous research into the time period they lived in. Below are Bruno Schmidt’s partially burnt SS Nazi Party card and his SS dog tag. These were items I bought at a flea market in Budapest and made them fit the story…