Happy New Year 2018! To kick off the new year, I have an interview with the incredible Georgia Hunter. In this show we talk about the incredible true story that inspired her book We Were The Lucky Ones, her creative process, research, the power of story, and much more.
In 2008 Georgia Hunter began searching her family’s incredible story, pouring over records in the Holocaust Museum’s libraries and Red Cross databases, and traveling to Poland, France, and beyond. Every significant movement, incarceration, brush with death, and escape described in the book actually happened. The trajectories of her grandfather, his siblings, and his parents—are based on solid facts uncovered through primary sources such as oral histories, letters, and records that she consulted during her seven years of research. Once she had uncovered the incredible story, she turned to fiction to make it come alive.
Of the 30,000 Jews who lived in Radom, Poland at the start of World War II, fewer than 300 survived. Hunter’s searing emotional debut novel, WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES, is the story of a Jewish family in Radom ripped away from each other at the start of the war, and their extraordinary journey back to each other.
WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES is Georgia Hunter’s first novel. Hunter’s blog, weweretheluckyones.com, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project has entailed. She lives in Connecticut.
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