Dear Opa,

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‘Opa, we packed up our bags and came home.’

 

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“Across the Atlantic.”

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“‘Your girl’ came with me.”

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“We walked the same roads.”

 

 

 

 

“We found your house.”

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DSCN1069 “Made with sticks, clay and brick.”

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“One last time we walked through it.”

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“I kept a brick.”

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“It stays with me in my pack.”

 

 

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“At 92, your friend and neighbor, Nikolai, is still there.”  

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“He remembers your kindness.”

 

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“We went to the courtyard where you and your sister, Elfrieda, hid from gunfire.”

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“The sun shone and the leaves fluttered.”

 

 


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“We found your school, it is no longer green.”

 

 

 

 

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“We walked along the Dnieper…” DSCN1038

 

 

 

 

“… sharing your stories.”

 

 

 

 

 

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“We found your bridge…”DSCN1093

 

 

 

 

 

 

“…where you saved your friend.”DSCN1089DSCN1092

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“We read the story again, sitting on the edge.”

 

 

 

 

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“From Nikopol to Lichtenau we went.”DSCN1150

 

 

 

 

 

“Tracing your roots.”

 

 

 

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“… my roots…” DSCN1160

 

 

 

 

“…our roots.”

 

 

 

 

DSCN1163 DSCN1030“Everywhere we went we found people who remembered your good heart.”

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“Opa…”

 

 

 

 

 

“… it was so good to be  home.”

 

 

 

Ukraine, 2015

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