The Spot on the Lapel

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:
The Spot on the Lapel

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This chapter discusses the various traumatic events that the Cernăuti Jews experienced during the Second World War, describing Cernăuti in 1942, as it became a Romanian city which was controlled by a fascist Romanian government in collaboration and alliance with Nazi authorities. It then presents a street photograph of Carl and Lotte Hirsch, in which a mysterious spot can be seen on the lapel of Carl's suit. Next, the chapter describes Chernivtsi in 2000 and discusses wartime and immediate postwar Cernăuti, along with the Romanian and Bukowinian Holocaust. The final part of the chapter presents the authors' search for evidence of Carl and Lotte Hirsch's marriage, and discusses the ghettoization of the Cernăuti Jews.

Keywords: Cernăuti Jews; Second World War; fascist Romanian government; Nazi authorities; Chernivtsi; postwar Cernăuti; Romanian Holocaust; Bukowinian Holocaust; ghettoization

Chapter.  13984 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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