Fake Papers: Sur­vival Lessons from Grand­ma’s Escape

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

Fake Papers is a real-life escape sto­ry about a Holo­caust sur­vivor who pass­es on sur­vival lessons to her grand­son, a doc­u­men­tary film­mak­er work­ing in war zones like Afghanistan. 

Let­ty is eat­en by regret and wait­ing to die. Her grand­son rush­es to learn the details of her sto­ry because in it are the answers to ques­tions that have haunt­ed his life. When World War II began, sev­en­teen-year-old Let­ty from a Jew­ish fam­i­ly in Bel­gium is trapped in the French Pyre­nees with her moth­er and two sis­ters. Ahead of Let­ty lay French round-ups of Jews, Nazi air­craft, young love, and uncer­tain­ty about who to trust or where to go in a coun­try hell-bent on cap­tur­ing her.

The family’s fate, whether tri­umph or cat­a­stro­phe, hinges on Letty’s escape plan. At its core, Fake Papers is about a girl com­ing of age in a time of bru­tal intol­er­ance and how it shapes her rela­tion­ship with her grand­son years lat­er, address­ing iden­ti­ty and the tan­gled emo­tions and pat­terns of fam­i­ly rela­tion­ships repeat­ed through gen­er­a­tions that make us who we are.

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