Help Deliver This 50 Year-Old Letter

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Redditor bbbron says they found a surprise inside a copy of Herman Voader’s Four Plays of Our Time that they bought in a used bookstore.

“Flipped open a book in a secondhand store…to find this letter thanking the recipient for helping a family escape a German refugee camp.”

The letter (which apparently was sent with flowers) is a note of thanks to a woman who aided a refugee family at the start of the construction of the Berlin Wall. “Forever we will remain gratefull to you for your kind deed,” writes Joseph Usvaltas “It was a deeply moving experience for them to comprehend; that a total stranger extender her hand, helping them make a new start in life.”

You can join the other redditors at r/books to help solve the mystery.

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