HELENA SMRCEK

Stories with a Soul 

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A Sense of Place

A book idea has been brewing in my mind for several years. This spring I finally decided to visit Berlin, the place where the story begins, decades in the past. Somewhat knowledgeable in European history, I arrived with the basic understanding of WWII, and deep reverence for the victims of unspeakable evil. Yet, the visit profoundly changed me. First, I noticed the scars permanently etched into the buildings that survived the war. But what impacted me the most were the wounds that remained in the spirit of the city, the people, and the nations. Following our tour guide to The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, I felt an overwhelming rush of tears. Designed by architect Peter Eisenma