Sunday, November 12, 2006
I went with my mom and dad, sister and 2 nieces to see the play, Hana's Suitcase, this afternoon. It's based on the book by Karen Levine, who did the original radio documentary for CBC. It was such a poignant play to see on Remembrance Day! The ways that war affected, and still affects, children is mind boggling. My niece visited the Terezainstadt camp last summer when she was in Europe so she could really relate to the images. My parents were children when the war was going on and they have memories of family and neighbors being conscripted. My Dad talked (the first time I've ever heard this) about his oldest brother being conscripted and the trauma it brought to their family. He had a little picture of him with a buddy at training camp in 1945 and we stopped later to make some copies of the picture. Tomorrow the son of that brother and his family are going to visit my parents to hear what my dad remembers about that time. This man was just a boy of 5 when his father died in the 1960's so he has no memories of his dad's time in the forces. Apparently my parents even have his uniform! I can't imagine how surprised Gary and his family will be to see it. I love spending time with my parents and hearing about these family memories. It makes me realize just how much I do not know about our past.