Sylvia & Me
Sylvia & Me
Pam Jenoff: Author 'The Woman with the Blue Star'

Pam is the New York Times bestselling author of The Woman With The Blue Star, The Lost Girls of Paris, The Orphan’s Tale, The Kommandant’s Girl, The Diplomat’s Wife, The Ambassador’s Daughter, The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, The Winter Guest, The Things We Cherished, Almost Home, and A Hidden Affair. She also authored a short story in the anthology Grand Central: Original Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion.

‘The real story that inspired this book was when I discovered that a group of Jewish people had evaded the Nazis and survived the war by hiding in a sewer. And I don’t mean like they ran through the sewer. I mean, that they lived in the sewer, for more than a year. And I was riveted by this, it raised so many questions for me of how did they survive?’

Working for the State Department Pam was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Poland. It was 1996, a time when Poland was still grappling with a half-century of issues from World War II and the Holocaust. And Pam was a young Jewish girl who was responsible for this portfolio of issues for more than two years. Because of this, Pam developed close relationships with the surviving Jewish community.

A conversation never to be forgotten with Pam:
  • 1990’s a young diplomat in Poland
  • The stories that need to be told
  • The ‘aha’ moments that are necessary
  • An isolated young girl living in a sewer, an isolated young girl living above – a connection
  • Love stories
  • Never forget

Born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia, Pam attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.

Following her work at the Pentagon, Pam moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland.

Pam lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, three children, dog, cat, lizard and bird.