EVELYN M. WITTHOFF (1912-2002)
This little booklet was published by Beacon Hill Press.
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September 2, 2003
Thanks for your reply to my inquiry. I haven't had much time to check out your pages, but I can tell there's a lot of interesting history there and I hope to explore them fully later.
Evelyn was actually my father's cousin--the families were close while they were growing up in Chicago. I have a great picture of her with my Dad soon after she arrived home from the camp. She's painfully thin, of course, but otherwise looking very good.
Her younger brother, David Witthoff, is living in southern California. I'm sure he has more details of her life than I do. She did live out her dream and was able to go to India as a missionary after the war. She spent most of her life there, sacrificing her own health in many ways.
She had a zest for life and learning; I remember her saying (sometime in the 80s) "I want to learn about computers-- it just bothers me that there's this new thing out there that I don't know much about." Needless to say, there was much to admire about this amazing woman. I would be very interested to hear if other Santo Tomas survivors have memories of her. Also, their memories of the camp itself would be fascinating.
I will send more information later. This has been very interesting and I would like to follow up with you.
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