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Return to Brno: an overdue memorial to the city’s disappeared Jews

My mother’s passing was the prompt I needed to reckon with the traumas of the past

By Suzanne Franks  

All photos: Suzanne Franks

In the Czech Republic they are known as “Stones of the Disappeared” (Kameny zmizelých). When my mother Hedy died in Finchley in 2018, I wanted to connect her back to her Czech origins. She was born in Brno into a comfortable middle-class life. Her father Albert and grandfather Jakob were dentists. In the Spring of 1942, along with most of her family she was forcibly transported to the Terezin ghetto. Three years later when the ghetto was liberated by the Russians on 8th May (VE…

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