Diane Wichtel with Steve Braunias
A deeply personal search for answers lies at the heart of Driving to Treblinka, an astonishing memoir by award-winning journalist Diana Wichtel. At age 13, Diana arrived in New Zealand with her mother, brother and sister. Her father, a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor, was to follow - but she never saw him again. Decades later, she begins to question why. The resulting search for her long-lost father is also "a deep reflection on the meaning of family, the trauma of loss, and the insistence of memory. It asks the question: Is it better to know, or more bearable not to."
Diana Wichtel is an award-winning feature writer and television critic with the New Zealand Listener. She was joint recipient in 2016 of the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, which enabled her to write the memoir, Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father, about the impact of the Holocaust on her family.
Steve Braunias works as a journalist and columnist for the New Zealand Herald, and as books editor at the Spinoff Review of Books. He is the author of ten books, including Scene of the Crime, How to Watch a Bird, and Madmen. His latest book, The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road, follows his quest to eat a street.
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