She relies on the details of her early life to reveal the confusion and fear surrounding her extended family as they faced the choice of persecution or flight to a safe haven in the United States.
This imagery is juxtaposed with her post-World War II visits to Germany and the emotional reflections of those who survived the persecutions and those who lived in Germany during the war. The excuses, the altered memories, the regrets are shown in a very human, small town scale. It is the hauntingly ordinary that makes this a fine book.
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