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...
Message In A Mailbox

Message In A Mailbox

Jewish Remembrance week Görlitz, 2021 Görlitz to Phoenix via Birmingham Boxing Day 2021 Today I’m mending a little wooden train engine and carriage that arrived uncoupled from its secure place attached to a Christmas tree. Yesterday, Christmas Day, I discovered a...
A Hard Pressed Hope

A Hard Pressed Hope

“The Yellow Crucifixion” by Mark Chagall being viewed at The Contemporary Art Center of Landerneau (photo by Fred Tanneau) Marc Chagall 1887 – 1985 Marc Chagall’s fascination with Jesus and the Cross intrigues me. After all he was a shtetl Jew, born in Vitebsk,...
Last Goodbye

Last Goodbye

The 4711 sign today in Köln, Germany Köln, Germany 1939 We parted at Köln Hauptbahnhof. The date was Monday, July 24th 1939 in the evening. I didn’t realize it would be our last goodbye. I remember looking up at the giant 4711 sign high above us. After all these...
One Thing Leads to Another

One Thing Leads to Another

Amanda (left) and Hanna (right) together in Phoenix, comparing “A Garland for Ashes” with “Meine Krone in der Asche” A Blog Within A Blog A Zoom call with Verena in Austria leads to an introduction to Mark in Michigan, who invites me to share my story on a...