By Irene Kacandes
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They made Their ﬁrst appearance in Hanover on the third ﬂoor of unadorned, historic Dartmouth Hall, south side. I was speaking with Marianne in the perpetually dimly lit corridor outside the French and Italian Department about the usual mixture of comparative literature business, teaching, and gossip, and without me registering consciously that we’d turned to the topic of Marianne’s research, up They surged into my throat and out my mouth, my nostrils, my ears. I felt like I was going to choke.
Marianne’s and Leo’s own research had been inspiring me for years. I had learned of the concept of postmemory in conversation with Marianne directly. Around the time of Susanne and Half ’s deaths, Marianne and Leo had embarked on a joint research project investigating the Jewish community of the Bukovina (see Hirsch and Spitzer forthcoming), an area of the Hapsburg Empire, then in Romania and currently part of the Ukraine, where Marianne’s parents had grown up. In addition to trying to document how that community was destroyed through the Second World War and the Holocaust, they have been exploring the forms through which the community survived in other places and in the memories passed on from parents to children.
And if he could not, well then, he’d better admit it right now. Dad had his pants and shirt on—sort of. I straightened his clothes a bit, put on his belt and a jacket, and home we went. I won’t describe the moaning as I helped him into the car. This had been the routine for a long time now, as was the constant directing about how to drive the car and which route to take. When my father entered the house, the ﬁrst thing he did was tell my mother to take his jacket off. She took a step toward him.
Daddy's War: Greek American Stories by Irene Kacandes