Where Is My Home?: A Refugee Journey

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iUniverse, Oct 11, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 124 pages
Rarely does one persons family history intersect dramatically with a countrys momentous events. In Where Is My Home? A Refugee Journey, Miriam Potocky-Tripodi describes the Czech Republics decades-long struggle for freedom and how it affected her own life. Only after the fall of Communism in 1989 could the author reclaim her homeland by visiting Prague and discovering her Czech heritage.

This family history, written with both poignancy and unwavering honesty, is the story of how the Nazi and Soviet invaders tried to destroy the soul of the Czech people. Yet the story also contains vignettes of triumph, from the authors fathers defiance of Communist officials to an uncles dreams of escape.

Like Czech history, this family account has moments of aching sadness. The author relates how she searched for any scrap of information about her grandparents, who were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Yet, this book also reveals glimpses of radiance, from a painters sly humor to the author's feelings of connection to her fellow Czechs.

Can an exile ever return home after decades of living in America? This difficult question reverberates throughout this book, leaving the reader with a richer understanding of Czech history and one person's quest for self-identity.

 

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Contents

Laying the Tracks
7
A Fathers Journey
9
A Mothers Journey
15
A Names Journey
18
Home Depot
21
House Calls
23
The Old Leather Satchel
28
The Forest
31
The Box
54
The List
58
A Postscript from My Uncle
62
Tour Guides
65
The Belle the Pianist and the Builder
67
The Concert Promoter
72
The Escape Artist
77
The Man in the Photo
87

Passages through Prague
35
My Awakened Senses
37
The Rabbit Hutches
41
Transport to Auschwitz
45
The Synagogue Walls
47
Terezín
49
The Adaptable Woman
91
The Painter
97
The Dining Car
101
Crossroads
107
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About the author (2000)

Miriam Potocky-Tripodi, Ph.D., was born in Prague and left as a refugee child with her family following the 1968 Soviet invasion. She now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She is a professor of social work specializing in scholarship on refugees. She invites readers to contact her at Mpotocky@aol.com.

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