A big thank you to Barnet Synagogue book club who had me come and talk to them yesterday evening about God’s Will and the Yellow Dress.
I’m very happy to say that nine of their members turned up and I was warmly welcomed into their fold as I revealed the story behind the story, and shared details of my trip to Lithuania when I travelled with a Jewish American Genealogy Group in 2013 to check out the shtetls — some of them with their old landscape and buildings still intact — and the social history documented in the archives in Vilnius.
Just recently, I went to Lithuania on a research trip for my second novel. I joined an Jewish American Genealogy Tour and spent ten days with a group of fascinating people, each with their own story to tell.
I met one of the participants on an afternoon off in Kaunas. A lovely New Yorker, named Robin, who was searching for a statue, in front of which, her mother had had her picture taken, with her sister, in 1940.
As luck would have it we found the statue within minutes, in the grounds of a theatre, nearby our hotel and Robin asked if I would t...