Journey Into a Dark Past
Journey Into A Dark Past, Land of My Ancestors: Budapest, Vienna & Prague by Norma Roth narrates a personal journey to the land of her parents birth, who left their large families behind before the Nazi Holocaust. In 1979, the author makes her first trip with her aging parents to "see the beauty of their homeland." There are momentary lapses from her parents: hints, slips of the tongue ("the Danube ran red;" says her father; neighbors, occupying homes of those returning from the concentration camps asked: "Why have you returned?" says her mother). Haunted by these words she makes a second trip in 1999, to finally confront "truths" that she could not face before. This time she finds that the incredible beauty of these lands cannot mask the fall of these nations into barbarism. That the protected American daughter of immigrant parents experiences such intensity of pain, and anger at events that happened over half a century ago is both surprising and revealing. The question that still haunts her and every civilized nation including ours: If this perdition happened to these once cultured cities which seemed to have reached a pinnacle of civilization, is any nation, including ours, immune from this Mephistophelean pact?
To view a complete bio of Norma Roth, visit her other Print On Demand title, Aging Gracefully With Dignity, Integrity and Spunk Intact
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