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.