the lost paper project

As an author, I draw inspiration from the stories I hear from real people all over the world. What you'll find here, however, are the stories of people largely forgotten. People who exist only in the documents they left behind. 

I discovered most of these papers in my travels throughout central and eastern Europe (with the exception of the German diary, which was rescued from a dumpster by a friend of mine and is on loan to me.)

Over time I'll add more photos of these and other documents in my modest collection. If you have information about any of the documents featured here, feel free to contact me. If you're descended from any of the people featured here and can verify it, let me know. I'd be glad to part with the document in question at no charge so that it may find a more proper home. 


S. Bergstrom, 

Author of The Cruelty