Tomorrow morning (Sunday) I am setting out, together with my husband, brother and sister-in-law, on a “roots” trip to Germany. I am feeling rather ambivalent about the whole trip as I always swore to myself that I would never set foot in Germany after what happened to my family and of course to the Jewish people as a whole.
However, the good people of Michelstadt, my mother’s home town, issued a memorial book last year, and since we couldn’t manage a visit at the time, have kindly invited us to come out and visit. Despite my ambivalence I feel it is important to accept their efforts to “make good” towards the Jewish community and they have been extremely gracious towards us. They will be hosting us at a local hotel, including a reception and dinner with the local townspeople and dignitaries, and we shall be touring both the local sites and, more importantly, places of significance to our family.
We will also be taken to Frankfurt to see the site of the old synagogue, the cemeteries, and the site of our parents’ homes.
On our last day there we plan to travel to the city of Fuerth where our father comes from, to visit the cemetery, the synagogue and his old home and school.
We are flying home on Friday, landing not long before Shabbat.
I am hoping to post photos and blog about our trip as we go along, either daily or every day or two, as much as time, energy and internet connections allow. I don’t plan to blog about the news, Israel, the Middle East or any of the other subjects that interest me during this coming week, but I hope you find this upcoming family trip interesting.
When I have all the photos and daily diaries organized, I’ll move them all up to my family history pages in the top menu.
שבוע טוב ולהתראות
(Originally written at this post).