Letters from the Lost

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Letters from the Lost:
A Memoir of Discovery
Letters from the Lost book cover.jpg
First edition cover of Canadian release
Author'Helen Waldstein Wilkes'
SubjectThe new message of old letters
Genrenon-fiction, memoir[1]
PublisherAthabasca University Press
Publication date
December 15, 2009
Media typePrint (hardback and paperback)
Pages280 pp.

Letters from the Lost: A Memoir of Discovery is a non-fiction memoir, written by Canadian writer Helen Waldstein Wilkes, first published in December 2009 by Athabasca University Press. In the book, the author chronicles her discoveries after reading a box of letters she had never before seen. Her Jewish parents had fled Czechoslovakia in April 1939[2] to seek haven in Canada. Once in place, they corresponded with family and friends, encouraging them to escape the mounting peril that Hitler had envisioned as the Final Solution. Wilkes would learn that shortly after her parents migration, the ability to flee had been curtailed; and that each letter, compounded the historical anguish the writers were forced to endure.[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

Letters from the Lost received the "Alberta Readers' Choice Award" in 2011,[2][4] for "the best fiction or narrative non-fiction book written by an Alberta author." The book also received the 2011 "Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction".[5]

See also[edit]


  • "Das Schlimmste aber war der Judenstern." Das Schicksal meiner Familie. Transl. Christina Goldt, Ingrid Hildebrand, Margarete Kollmar, Angelika Meirhofer, Ilse Windhoff. Osburg, Hamburg 2014 (German)


  1. ^ Goodreads, Letters from the Lost, Book review. Retrieved November 23, 2012
  2. ^ a b Ottosen, Erin, June 15, 2011, Letters from the Lost wins "Alberta Readers’ Choice Award", Open AU. Retrieved November 23, 2012
  3. ^ Burns, Megan Moore, Letters from the Lost, Quill & Quire. Retrieved November 23, 2012
  4. ^ Edmonton Public Library, 2011 "Alberta Readers' Choice Award" Archived November 1, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 23, 2012
  5. ^ Faculty of Arts, September 8, 2011, Helen Waldstein Wilkes wins 2011 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, Wilfrid Laurier University, Headlines (News Releases). Retrieved November 23, 2012

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