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'Driving to Treblinka - A Long Search For A Lost Father'

Driving to Treblinka - A long search for a lost father by Diana Wichtel.

"Intimate, moving and eloquent, shot through with the author’s celebrated wit, Driving to Treblinka shines a light on what it means to survive. This compelling search for a father’s grave is, above all, an affirmation of unstoppable life”
Catherine Chidgey

Award-winning journalist, Diana Wichtel, is best known for her acerbic wit and engaging writing style. Few know her extraordinary life story.

As a young child Diana Wichtel is brought up in Vancouver, Canada. Her mother is a Catholic New Zealander, her father a Polish Jew who miraculously survived the Holocaust. When she’s thirteen, her life changes dramatically as her mother whisks her and her sister and brother away to New Zealand. Their father is to follow.

She never sees him again.

Many years later she sets out to discover what happened to him. The search becomes an obsession as she painstakingly uncovers information about his large Warsaw family and their fate at the hands of the Nazis, scours archives across the world for clues to her father’s disappearance, and visits the places he lived.

Driving to Treblinka is a moving, powerful and unforgettable story. It is a deep reflection on the meaning of family, the trauma of loss, and the insistence of memory.

It asks the question: Is it better to know, or more bearable not to?

Diana Wichtel is an award-winning journalist. After gaining an MA at the University of Auckland, she tutored English before moving into journalism. She has also written dialogue for television and was the recipient of the 2016 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship. Diana Wichtel lives in Devonport, Auckland with journalist Chris Barton.

Driving to Treblinka: A long search for a lost father by Diana Wichtel

Release date - September 28, 2017

RRP - $45.00

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