Claire Ohlsson Geheb


Throughout my life I have developed a passion for history, especially social history. As I learned about the important events of the past, I always wanted to know about the ordinary people and wondered what their lives were like. When my husband brought home his father’s old suitcase, filled with letters, we didn’t realize it was really a treasure chest. As the old German letters were translated into English, I was intrigued by the stories that were told.
What started as a family project developed into a mission to share these revealing stories with others who have an interest in social history. As I edited and organized the letters, journals and photos, I also added historical comments for clarification. It has been an unexpected journey for me and added another dimension to my life. I believe this book touches people deeply as they feel a connection to their own family's history.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
This is a true story that brings the reader back in time to experience what life was like in Germany between 1914 and 1947. It is told through the actual letters, journals, and photos written by family members of German-American Immigrant Willy Geheb.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When the letters written in old German script (sutterlin) were translated a wonderful story emerged. We call it our treasure chest since the letters tell of the love, trials, faith, and determination of this strong German family. Although started as a memoir for our family, we realized it would appeal to a much wider audience so we decided to publish.
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Dear Willy, The True Story of a Life Well Lived
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 92,490. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Family history, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Travel Back in Time Experience the lives of a German American and his family in Germany during the tumultuous years 1914-1947. Dear Willy is about contrasts, love and loyalties. Willy Geheb was an adventurer; he faced the ocean voyage, hard labor and horrible living conditions. Letters to and from Germany became the lifeline for the Geheb family as they shared concerns, triumphs and tragedies.