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.