About 10 years ago, I interviewed my Belarussian Jewish grandfather who was 11 when Germany invaded the USSR in 1941. It's a harrowing story of survival that needs to get down on paper, and now is the time.
I look forward to learning what you all are working on and getting inspired by other writers of the genre.
Hi Jeremy, so far I have written 2 books, one published which is very much based on the house we currently live in. However my next project is a nod to my father in law who left Poland during the war as a child and spent time in a Russian camp in Siberia. I know its going to be tough doing the research as he is no longer with us. Any hints and tips you pick up will be appreciated.
Hi Caroline, that sounds like a fascinating project. There are so many stories from that period in history that have been buried in time along with their protagonists! Even though I was lucky enough to get his story on camera, my grandfather passed away almost 2 years ago, before I had a chance to really sink my teeth into it. There are so many questions I want to ask him now -- so I feel your pain when it comes to the research! There is a lot of good info out there though, including personal narratives of people who went through the same stuff during the war. Novels, too. As far as a Russian camp in Siberia, check out the book Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.