In sweet stories of the day: a man writes about his father’s time during World War II, part of which the young American soldier spent hiding in Rotterdam in a house that also hid a Jewish family upstairs. The family was eventually captured by the Nazis, and the soldier never heard about them again.
In the digital age, the author, James H. Keeffe III, decided to post excerpts of his book to Google Reader, where a woman in Israel found and read it.
As she read, she realized: she’s the eight-year-old Jewish girl hiding in the attic. She had been taken to a concentration camp and survived. A flurry of e-mails later, the soldier, James Keeffe, II, now 88, met the little girl, Helen Cohen-Berman, now 76, at his home in Seattle: