Monthly Archives: August 2016

Lightness of the Vilnius Synagogue

On the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania, I was struggling to align yesterday’s crimes with today’s commerce.  Having fed my imagination with stories and pictures of the Shoah, I was “seeing” the past unfold on the streets.  History didn’t fall away in … Continue reading

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Indigestible Old World

In Vilnius, the ground shakes with contradictions for people who feels history through place.  Place itself doesn’t change, and the buildings may or may not change.  Only the tenants change.  In old city, the tenants have gone from Jewish families … Continue reading

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The Forest, Haunted or Enchanted?

The “Old Country” was never much specified when my sister and I pressed “which country?”  The borders were always changing in Eastern Europe, and as my mother used to say, “we were nothing anyway.”  When we demanded a name, the … Continue reading

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Baltic SeaDream

  I’ve wandered into a beach dream of Lithuania.  Here in Nida, on a lovely spit of land not unlike Cape Cod, the small country fantasizes of forgetting its very complicated history.   Dreams are on display.  From its Prussian … Continue reading

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The Riga Groove

I used to laugh at kids who jumped on a cheap Ryan Air flight, and landed having no idea where they were.  I arrived in Riga, Latvia, a bit like the kids.  After leaving the no-nonsense airport, I got into … Continue reading

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