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Family Roots

I am a first generation American on my father’s side of my family. My father was born in Freiburg, Germany and still remains a German citizen, so that if my brother and I should want to in the future, we could apply for dual German citizenship. I have always strongly identified with my German heritage, growing up  with memories of my visits to Germany as a child and surrounded by family’s antiques brought over by my dad, some of which I have brought with me to college, such as a few crystals my great aunt collected, a painting given to me by my dad before I left for college, a tine keepsake box and a few other items from my home, pictured above. I feel that Zajac’s quote, “when I am at Auschwitz I start looking at the world and at my own life. I remind myself of what’s important, which is so easy to forget…” reminds us all to remember where we came from and to carry it with us always. Specifically in the case of Auschwitz, I think it is also important to remember where we have come from in terms of the mistakes that have been made in our history and to reflect and learn from them, as explained in Cywinski’s quote describing Auschwitz as “the key to understanding today.”





I agree with your statement that we should remember where we came from and to carry that with us always. I am proud of where I came from and am reminded of who I am every day.


You are truly lucky to be able to identify so closely with your heritage. I like that you brought these items with you to college, it’s almost as if you’ve created your own little “exhibit” to visit whenever you want.

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