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What the media is reporting about Halina's search for answers

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Masthead News

January, 2023

EXTRACT: I solved the mystery of what happened to my father. He disappeared from my life when I was four years old. This past fall I learned about the hard-scrabble life he led, and the last years of his life. My discoveries led me to an unmarked grave in a hilltop cemetery in a down-on-its-luck mining town in Northern Ontario.

Main-Post, Wurzburg

July, 2022 

EXTRACT: After Maria Brik died in 2018 at the age of 92, her daughter Halina St James found over 60 letters. Written in Russian and Polish by Brik's parents and their friends. The documents tell of the life young Maria Brik, a former labourer in the German Reich. "These letters brought me to Wurzburg," says St James, her voice breaking slightly.


Schweinfurter Tagblatt

July, 2022

EXTRACT: Halina St. James traveled to Germany in May 2022 to visit all the places where she could follow traces of her mother. An employee of the "Initiative against forgetting" led them to the site of the former forced labor camp on the Oberndorfer Wiesen. Although the camp barracks have disappeared, the past became tangible through the erected information boards and verbal explanations.

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Masthead News

July, 2022

EXTRACT: I knew nothing about what Mama went through until she died in 2018. That's when I found her letters. There were 60 of them, written primarily by her parents in Vinnitsa. The letters were in Russian. I had them translated - and what a story they told.

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