who lives in an assisted living facility in Ann Arbor, to promote the memoir, which describes the author's travails as a young Polish Jew in the notorious concentration camps of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.
The women met when Garvil's adult son was seriously ill. After he died, Campbell encouraged Garvil to tell her story, believing that, painful as her past was, recording the memories might provide some relief and a sense of purpose. But Garvil and her now-deceased husband, Julian, were ambivalent about the project and eventually stopped work on the book.
Never one to leave a project unfinished, Campbell brought the unfinished manuscript along when she and her husband, U-M Japan expert John Campbell, retired to Tokyo in 2005. A couple of years ago, she reread it, had it typed and spiral bound, and, nervously, mailed it to Garvil. This time, the reluctant memoirist responded eagerly. On Campbell's next visit to Ann Arbor, she says, they spent a week together, "me reading from my laptop, and she making comments and corrections."