Sunday, June 10, 2012

I've finally managed to plough through Andreas Kossert's book, Kalte Heimat. This book is a companion to his other book, Damals in Ostpreussen. The books have only whetted my appetite to learn more about this place. I want to go there. In fact, I'm thinking that retracing the steps of my mom's life would be a great retirement project. The towns of my mother's youth have all been renamed - whether in the former Soviet Union or in the former East Prussia. No wonder her new home here in Canada became so important to her. And me - I just wanted to be a plain little Canadian girl. I was so resentful of my parents' hidden past. I wanted grandparents to visit and English spoken at home. But now I'm starting to get it and to appreciate who my parents were, and therefore, to understand more of who I am.

5 comments:

Ally Green said...

Hi!!! I love your blog!!! I also love to write AND i am working on a book...it doesn't have a title yet though...

Ally Green said...

I love your blog, i also am a writer and want to get my book published

Gabriele Goldstone said...

Hi Ally. Thanks for the support. What's your book about?

Jodi Carmichael said...

So well said, Gabe.

Jodi Carmichael said...

So well said, Gabe.