15Nov, 2022

Tykocin – Where the Simple Baroque Synagogue of 1642 is the Lone Survivor of Centuries of Jewish Life

Meet the town of Tykocin in northeast Poland, a shtetl if there ever was one. Tykocin is pretty much as it was in August 1941, when German Einsatzgruppen obliterated its entire Jewish population of about 2,000 people by shooting them into massive pits dug out in the adjacent forest of Lupochowo. They murdered them after inflicting all kinds of [...]

1Jul, 2022

Want to Use a Letter as the Basis for a Story? Here’s an Easy But Really Important Tip for Getting Started

A cache of family letters, or maybe even just one amazing letter written by an ancestor, is a great source for writing a story from family history. Martha McCallum's book Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima, or Sarah Wildman's Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind are [...]

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