One woman’s moving story of her journey with her mother to find their past and the tragedy that haunts them. In 1938, when Edith Westerfeld was twelve, her parents sent her from Germany to America to escape the Nazis. Edith survived, but most of her family perished in the death camps. Unable to face the losses of her family and homeland, Edith closed the door on her past, refusing to discuss even the smallest details. Fifty-four years later, when the void of her childhood was consuming her and her family, she returned to
Stockstadt with her grown daughter Fern to reconnect and reconcile with her past. Together, Edith and Fern found a town that had dramatically changed on the surface, but that hid guilty secrets and lived in enduring denial. Motherland is a story of learning to face the past, of remembering and honoring while looking forward and letting go. It is an account of the war’s lingering grip on its witnesses; yet it is also a loving story of mothers and daughters, roots, understanding, and, ultimately, healing.