Jan Elvin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1946 and raised in McLean, Virginia. She majored in foreign languages in college and later taught English in Valencia, Spain.
She returned to this country to work with Ralph Nader's Public Citizen group, then went on to become founding editor and chief writer of the NPP Journal, a quarterly publication of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.
For The Box from Braunau, Jan interviewed family members, soldiers and concentration camp survivors and traveled to Austria for the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp her father encountered during the war. She regularly attends the annual reunions of the 80th Infantry Division, in which her father served. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Al Bronstein, a human rights attorney; she is the mother of one son and four step-daughters.
Born in Scotland in 1918, Bill Elvin came to the United States at age six and settled with his family in Western Maryland. He attended the University of Michigan majoring in Political Science, and served as Associate Editor of the Michigan Daily. He married Jane Legge in 1941 and shortly thereafter joined the Army as an infantry officer. Landing in France on D-Day plus 60, he fought in General Patton's Third Army. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in France, and a Silver Star for gallantry in action.
After the war Bill Elvin worked as a reporter for the Washington Star, then edited and published a weekly newspaper, The McLean Providence Journal, in McLean, Virginia. He and Jane had four children.
He passed away in August of 2004 at age 86 after writing his regular weekly newspaper article.