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My Father’s Great Escape: A Few Answers, Far More Questions

My Father’s Great Escape: A Few Answers, Far More Questions

When I talk about my parents’ forced departure from Vienna, I generally focus on the tragic outcome: the death of almost all their immediate family members, except for my father’s brother, Fritz. On this Father’s Day, I’d like to focus on the bravery — combined with what must have been ingenuity and a bit ofContinue Reading

The Jarolim Family: My Uncle Fritz & Military Resistance

The Jarolim Family: My Uncle Fritz & Military Resistance

When it comes to my mother’s family, the topic of military service is fraught. I’ve written before about the fact that my grandfather Herman Rosenbaum served in World War I but was not rewarded for his service by such basic decency as not being deported from Austria and sent to his death. I’ve also writtenContinue Reading

My Father’s Story: Remembering Paul Jarolim

My Father’s Story: Remembering Paul Jarolim

It’s the 23rd day of the Family History Writing Challenge and I see no reason to leave my father out; after all, he’s 50% responsible for my genes and 100% responsible for my name. His sister, my aunt Edith Jarolim, was my namesake. More relevant to this challenge: He had almost literally the same historyContinue Reading

Daddy’s Girl: An Ode to Paul Jarolim

Move over, Kornmehl family. Today is my father’s day. From Vienna to Belgium and America If I thought I knew next-to-nothing about my mother’s past, I know even less about my father’s. I’m not sure, for example, whether my paternal grandfather died before the war or left his family — and, in either case, whenContinue Reading