A stranger in an ancestral home: Gideon Levy searches for his roots in the Czech Republic
Levy takes a journey to the place where his father was born 100 years ago, and realizes that remnants of the past are hard to find in Zatec, a town of illusions.
The name Saatz accompanied me through my childhood. In the days when I was still embarrassed by my father’s name, Heinz (telling people he was called Zvi), and my mother’s name, Thea, Saatz too was a name from another world that I didn’t care to know anything about. The place-name Mahrisch Ostrau (Moravska Ostrova in Czech) − my mother’s birthplace − and the name of the...
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