Relative's letter inspires novel for SH alum
August 19, 2020
It's not often that a single letter from a relative inspires a book, let alone changes the course of one's life.
Catherine A. Ponzoha Hamilton, daughter of longtime local residents Joe and Mickey Ponzoha, was a practicing psychotherapist and a freelance writer when, in late 1996, she got her hands on a letter from a long-lost Polish cousin named Katherine Graczyk.
Originally sent to Hamilton's Aunt Mary in Longview, Wash. a few years earlier, the letter contained a written introduction and a cassette tape detailing Graczyk's kidnapping during World War II.
"Listening to this recording of...