- A letter a woman, Ilse Lowenberg, wrote more than 70 years ago has resurfaced and used to reconnect her families
- The letter was found in the flea market and bought by a 28-year-old writer who went on a mission to give it back to Lowenberg's family
- When the piece of paper found itself to her great-niece, Butler, it brought back a well of emotions for her
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When Ilse Lowenberg wrote her sister, Carla, a letter on 18 July, 1945, after surviving the Holocaust, she probably did not know how important it would be decades after.
A part of the letter written in German translates as:
“I am able to give you a sign of life from me after so many years. Dad, Mum, Grete, Lottchen and Hermann: No one is alive any more.”
After over 70 years, the letter was found and returned to one of the family members of Lowenberg. Chelsey Brown, a writer who purchased the letter at a flea market in America in 2021 had the intent of finding Lowenberg’s family.
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The author who is also a part-time interior decorator said that she is always heartbroken when she sees family relics that should be with the rightful family up for sale at a flea or thrift shop, ABC News reports.
The market of reselling Holocaust memorabilia
Brown said that though Holocaust memorabilia could be resold for thousands of dollars, it is always right to return them to the original owners.
After she was able to find the woman’s great-niece, Jill Butler, she learnt that Lowenberg survived the Holocaust because she jumped from an Auschwitz-bound train. To survive, she had to hide in Berlin for months.
We thought it was a scam
While speaking with CNN, the great-niece said that her family was very surprised to get the letter. When they were contacted, they initially thought it was a scam.
"We all loved our great aunt Ilse and are thrilled beyond words to read her thoughts in her own handwriting after she emerged from the depths of the European inferno.”
Brown said that she is committed to getting documents connected with the Holocaust of the market and returning them to families as a way to reconnect them with their ancestors.
Video shows tears of joy as missing children embrace their parents after reuniting
In more emotional news, Briefly News previously reported that award-winning Ghanaian journalist, Regina Asamoah, reunited at least 17 missing children with their families through her latest documentary, Missing Children.
The Best Female Journalist of the Year at the 25th Ghana Journalist Awards is on a journey to reconnect 20 children with either their birth parents or guardians. Though she encountered challenges with the latest documentary, Asamoah defeated the difficulties and has so far reunited 17 out of 30 missing kids with their families.
''I couldn't sleep for days after I finished this documentary because of the psychological impact it had on me. I broke down. There were days I had to put off my phone to regain my mental power,'' she told Briefly News.
Source: Briefly News