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Claire Ohlsson talks about the social history of Dear Willie
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Claire Ohlsson Geheb

I am Claire Ohlsson Geheb, editor of Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well Lived. Throughout my life, I have been developing a passion for history, especially social history. As I learned about the important events of the past, I always wanted to know about the ordinary people and wondered what their lives were like.

When the old German letters were translated into English, I was intrigued by the stories that were told. I read the stories of a strong, loving, determined family as they were living through very difficult times. What started as a family project developed into a mission to share these revealing stories with others who have an interest in social history. As I edited and organized the letters, journals, and photos, I also added historical comments for clarification. I believe this book touches readers in a primal way, as it describes what we all want: to live our lives the best we can.

My goal is to promote this wonderful book, therefore making it available to more readers. I would like to have a German publisher translate it to German and offer it to the German people. I can also see it as a TV Miniseries. I am available for presentations about the process of making Dear Willy or to tell the story with photos, excerpts, and historical commentary.

About The Book

This is a story told through the descriptive journals and letters written by ordinary people living through extraordinary times. In their own words, the Geheb family share their adventures. heartaches, love, and passions from 1914 to 1947 in Germany and America. You will be inspired by the strength and perseverance of the German Gehebs and the never-ending love and devotion that Willy Oswald Geheb had for his family.

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