And It Was Night

And It Was Night

The Place of Departure. Looking at the train track, Köln-Deutz railway station, April 11, 2010. Have you ever felt surrounded by inner and outer darkness and suddenly, you glimpse a light? It is both Passover and Holy Week as I write, and I’m remembering the past, the...
Deracinate

Deracinate

Deracinate /dēˈrasəˌnāt/ verb Definition: Uproot someone from their natural geographical, social, or cultural environment. A word in popular usage 200 years ago. George and I spent yesterday morning at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix. It is the season of...
My Zigzag Memories

My Zigzag Memories

“The first celebration of Purim” Purim 2022 March 16 and 17 Purim, the Jewish feast celebrates deliverance from certain death 2,500 years ago, in Persia, present day Iran. Haman, villainous enemy of the Jewish people, plots their destruction and is thwarted  by...
We Were Beautiful

We Were Beautiful

1938 The year is 1938 and we had just been expelled from the local Protestant schools in Gemünd and Schleiden. The Jewish community scrambled to create a one room school in Kall  installing Moses Fernbach as teacher. I remembered a  photograph of our new school in...
One Day

One Day

Hanna Zack Miley holding her autobiography, A Garland For Ashes The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27, 2022 marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is One Day.  Yesterday, 13th January, Amy Williams invited me to join historian, Professor Bill Niven...