Top Stories from 2010

The Phoenix's crack team has compiled a list of our most read stories - on the website, that is - from the past year. Tops on the list, "Hidden Letters from the Holocaust," a short piece in our "This Just In" section. From the story:

Thirteen years ago, a carpenter demolishing an old tenement in Amsterdam found 86 letters and postcards and one telegram hidden in the attic floor. They were all written in 1942 by a Jewish teenager, Philip “Flip” Slier, to his parents from a labor camp in Nazi-occupied Netherlands. The carpenter soon realized he had discovered a remarkable wartime document and delivered the missives to the Dutch National Institute of War Documentation, initiating a quest to put a face on this young man, a mere 18 years old at the time of the writings.

The result is Hidden Letters, a 200-page book that not only includes Flip’s correspondence, but also maps, documents, even Flip’s fingerprint on a soap coupon. And there are heartrending photographs, many of which were taken by Flip long before he knew his fate.
The co-authors of the book - Flip's first cousin and her husband - were coming to town for a reading when the piece landed in the Phoenix.
The most-viewed political piece of the year: a story on David Cicilline and his political future, before Congressman Kennedy's seat opened up.

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