This book can be described as an 'oblique memoir'. The central underlying and repeated themes of the book are exile and displacement; lives (and deaths) during the Third Reich; mother-daughter and sibling relationships; the generational transmission of trauma and experience; transatlantic reflections; and the struggle for creative expression. Stories mobilised, and people encountered, in the course of the narrative include: the internment of aliens in Britain during the Second World War; cultural life in Rochester, New York, in the 1920s; the social and personal meanings of colour(s). It also includes the industrialist and philanthropist, Henry Simon of Manchester, including his relationship with the Norwegian explorer, Fridtjof Nansen; the liberal British campaigner and MP of the 1940s, Eleanor Rathbone; reflections on the lives and images of spinsters. The text is supplemented and interrupted throughout by images (photographs, paintings, facsimile documents), some of which serve to illustrate the story, others engaging indirectly with the written word. The book also explains how forced exile persists through generations through a family history. It showcases the differences between English and American cultures. The book focuses on the incidence of cancers caused by exposure to radioactivity in England, and the impact it had on Anglo-American relations.
still living in New York. He was eighty years
old at the time of my visit – still active as a financial analyst, and keen
to discuss familyhistory with me. Later he sent me photocopies of the
‘Manchester’ pages of his father’s diary.
The day is a dull and threatening one and the atmosphere is murky.
But here in Manchester it is considered a fair day indeed, for rain and
fog is the average lot of Manchestrians. The city’s main industry is
cotton goods manufacturing and there are a great many mills here.
The smoke of the chimneys together with the usual
In this chapter, the author talks about his father's interest in philately than in chemistry. The author's own family's history can be read through stamps. The first new stamps were contemporary German stamps, overprinted with 'Sarre', and with a heavy solid bar striking out the 'Deutsches Reich' at the bottom. The Schwitters portrait of Klaus Hinrichsen was one of six 2010 special issue stamps in the Isle of Man. Among the others are paintings by other internees such as Herbert Kaden, Herman Fechenbach, Imre Goth and an artist known as Bertram.
In this chapter, the author, through a family history, speaks of how forced exile persists through generations. From Claude Levy's own narrative in the film,The Jewish Cemetery - the Last Jews of Wasgau, and from an article about him in another German newspaper, Die Rheinpfalz, she learned a few new things about the family. The German television channel OKTV Südwestpfalz livestreamed this film by the American filmmaker Peter Blystone. The film focuses on small German towns and gives an account of what happened to the Jews there after the Nazi accession to power in January 1933.
Tracing relatedness and diversity in the Albanian–Montenegrin borderland
with their relatives in Montenegro, contact that had been almost entirely lost by the
closure of the border in 1948.
In the course of my research on the coexistence of ethnically and religiously
diverse populations in the Shkodra region (see Figure 4.1), where I collected life
stories and familyhistories, I encountered several cases of family (re-)connection,
including the reconstruction of genealogies. Having framed my research as a
regional comparison (Gingrich and Fox 2002), I was drawn into this ongoing
‘genealogical cross-border movement’ and became both a
VII. The BBC and Channel 4 versions of the Middletons’ familyhistory
suggest different roles on the part of the broadcasters, and different
preconceptions of their audiences, as much as they offer rival
interpretations of the royal baby’s ancestry. A focus upon genealogy is,
though, hardly surprising given the wider public interest in familyhistory research, mirrored in the hugely successful BBC
could create an extensive localised kinship network which the historian simply does not
detect when looking at individual communities 22 – but the rewards
This chapter will use family reconstitutions linked to a range
of supplementary data for six communities in the West Riding
during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in order to reconstruct the depth of local and regional kinship networks and
then to elaborate the place of kinship in the economy of makeshifts.
Utilising over 18,000 discrete familyhistories I will suggest that
to know more. How could I understand my
father and his all too violent concern for me if I did not know more of
his father? It was not difficult to trace him, the missing grandfather.
Absurd in a way, since we seem to spend all our lives trying to
piece together traces of people we are close to in the hope of finding
out who they – and we – are. Searches of the Register of Deaths
in Somerset House showed that he had died when I was twelve. I
managed to trace more of the familyhistory – motivated now by all
the questions I had failed to ask as a child, I combed the
, then we have the potential
to resist interpellation’s colonising move.
The monotheistic god’s-eye view becomes difficult to sustain in the
face of the vagaries and specificities of our own lives and their various
demands and engagements. We are not separate, objective academics,
gazing down at the planet and attempting to save it, but fragile, mortal
beings who are part and parcel of the ecosystem, as well as of the
geopolitical and familyhistories into which we are born.
And yet, it is very tempting to think otherwise. It is hard, especially
for someone authorised
’ to anger about their own treatment by the Dutch social
security system when ‘those foreigners get everything’ while, at the wider community level, it is reminiscent of Rhodes’s (2011: 108) analysis of how BNP voters
in Burnley constructed particular ‘Asian/Pakistani/Muslim’ areas of the town as
receiving ‘a disproportionate share of council monies’.
‘Them are EDL so best we’re EDL’: socialisation
There is some evidence that familyhistories of voting for far right parties and
growing up in extreme right families are important in forming racist views