Searching memory

Peter Szabo reconnects with his grandmother and learns of a family history in the Holocaust.

By AARON LEIBEL
June 15, 2017 15:52
4 minute read.
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Family. (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)

 
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Can we really learn about ourselves by looking at our parents, grandparents and other family members from previous generations? That is the premise of Finding Maria: A Young Man’s Search for His Grandmother, and Himself, by Peter Szabo.

Szabo discovers much about his relatives and their lives in this beautiful book – and, even better, so do his readers. Like many young people, the author apparently believed that older people should neither be seen nor heard, but his father urged him to contact his grandmother. When he called the 87-year-old woman, he found himself hooked into a date at the opera with her, before he could come up with a plausible excuse for not going.

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