“Where are you from?”

Marianne Hirsch

in Ghosts of Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257726
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944909 | DOI:
“Where are you from?”

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What would happen if two survivors of deportation or displacement from Czernowitz returned to the city? This chapter narrates the thoughts and feelings of two such survivors, Carl and Lotte Hirsch. It reveals that, like other refugees or exiles, the Hirschs could recollect both positive and negative memories as they walked down the streets of the city they once called home. The chapter then contrasts the Hirschs' memories with those of Rosa Roth Zuckerman, the only member of Carl's family who remained in the city after the Soviet invasion.

Keywords: Czernowitz; refugees; exiles; memories; displacement; deportation; survivors

Chapter.  6372 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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