Walter Wolff was lying on his deathbed when his daughter Nina came to visit him. He handed her a green metal box that she had never seen before. Going through it, she found over 700 letters from her father written on everything from Nazi stationery to monogrammed Bar Mitzvah stationery. Nina held onto her father’s words long after he was gone. It led her on a personal journey through the mind and heart of her father as he went on a sixteen-month odyssey through Europe to escape the Nazi invasion, took refuge in New York City, joining the US Army, and finally how he was able to return to Europe as a US Intelligence Officer interrogating POW officials.
There’s something hauntingly beautiful in the words that Nina’s father writes. It’s a piece of history we have all learned about through text books, newspaper articles, documentaries, etc, but this book humanizes the war. It isn’t just about the facts of what happened. It’s a firsthand account that allows such an interpersonal human connection with the writer that by the end, it feels like you are losing a friend. San Francisco Book Review says it best when describing the book. Their review states that, “punctuated with photographs and supporting documentation, Feld strings together the events that shaped history with a personal touch…His extraordinary journey grants us new insight into how a government run amok disenfranchised an entire generation.”
These letters introduced Nina to a version of her father that she never got to know. Reading these words allows us to go on the same journey, which makes this book so riveting. As one of New York Post’s must read books,Someday You Will Understand is a book about the quiet heroes- the ones we don’t get to hear about every day. “
San Francisco Book Review :“Punctuated with photographs and supporting documentation, Feld strings together the events that shaped history with a personal touch…His extraordinary journey grants us new insight into how a government run amok disenfranchised an entire generation.”Kirkus Review:“A dying father’s wartime army box yields a wealth of lively detail about American intelligence work in POW and displaced persons camps within the ruins of Europe…One man’s valiant story unearths valuable wartime details.”
“Nina Wolff Feld reimagines with thrilling verve her father’s life as a fugitive from Nazi Germany who returned to Europe from the United States as a refugee soldier. Besides her giving us an act of filial devotion par excellence, we are grateful to her for so deftly filling in one more blank in the vast nightmare of World War II. She has transformed a cache of letters written by her father to his family into a goldmine of unique historic interest.” –
—John Guare, playwright, author of Six Degrees of Separation and A Free Man of Color