Years later and continents away, words help make a family whole

Recently, my editor received an email from Matthew Angelus, an attorney in Montreal, asking her to put him in touch with me.

Angelus, wrote: “I recently read The Virginia Gazette opinion piece dated April 10, 2018 by Frank Shatz, entitled, ‘School assignment brings back Holocaust memories.’ The focus of the piece is the return of my parental grandparents, Maria Frankl and George Angelus to Parkan, toward the end of the Holocaust.

“The author, Mr. Shatz, mentions he was friends with my grandparents before they passed away. I am wondering whether The Virginia Gazette is in touch with the author. I would very much appreciate if you would be kind enough, (of course, with his...