University of Vermont

UVM Student's Published Article Recounts Emotional Family Return to Germany 80 Years After the War

Sophomore Jesse Baum has published an article in The Jewish Daily Forward. The piece is a first-hand account of her family's trip to Bechhofen, Germany in 2011, a journey they made with her grandmother, Senta Baum, who had fled the small town 80 years previously under threat from the Nazis.

Baum, a Brooklyn native, studies environmental sciences, English and German at UVM. She writes of the reception welcoming her grandmother back to her hometown: "(Grandma) clutched her notes with a shaking hand as she spoke, in her mother tongue, about growing up in prewar Germany and how it felt to be forced from her home. The audience listened with palpable admiration. Some people cried. I felt enormously proud of her as she told her story, reconciling present day Bechhofen with her own experiences."

Read the full article on the Jewish Daily Forward's website.