Irma's Passport: One Woman, Two World Wars, and a Legacy of Courage


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She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Catherine Ehrlich is a nonfiction writer. Trained as an Asian linguist (University of Michigan) and diplomat (Johns Hopkins SAIS), she has been a trade representative, interpreter, public relations executive, and marketing consultant in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan as well as New York, Washington DC, and Seattle. She served as a fundraiser for the Audubon Society of Portland and is a director of the Arts Mandalay Foundation. She and her husband, John, take inspiration from nature out of home bases in Oregon and California. Irma's Passport is the culmination of six years of research and writing focused on the true story behind her grandmother's testimonial memoirs. She splits her time between Portland, OR and Mill Valley, CA.


"Gripping, poignant, and inspiring, this true tale illustrates how pride can help to power through suffering and create meaning. Author Catherine Ehrlich, drawing heavily on vivid memoirs written by her grandmother, has added depth of research, beauty of language, and a haunting present-day perspective to the life of an extraordinary woman of Vienna during wartime and beyond."
--Dori Jones Yang, author of When the Red Gates Opened

"Working with her grandmother's journals, Catherine Ehrlich chronicles the indomitable Irma Ehrlich's war years journey from a small town in Bohemia through Prague, Vienna, London and, finally, New York. But this is far more than a Holocaust story. Her granddaughter has given us historically significant testimony wrapped in a family tale, and an inspiring and satisfying story of a life of service."
--Scott D. Seligman, author of The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902

"Irma's Passport is at once a multi-layered personal journey, chronicle of a momentous time, and story of human triumph over state-sponsored evil. The book is both historical and immediate, as the author uses her grandmother's journal entries as the fulcrum on which to rest the book. At one point Vera Weizmann, wife of diplomat Chaim Weizmann, says, 'You have a gift to make one feel what you say.' Irma also has a gift to make us feel what she has written, and we are the richer for it."
--Barry J. Schumacher, international affairs strategist