We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory & Migration

We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory & Migration by Rachael Cerrotti 1094153729 9781094153728
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In 2009, Rachael Cerrotti, a college student pursuing a career in photojournalism, asked her grandmother, Hana, if she could record her story. Rachael knew that her grandmother was a Holocaust survivor and the only one in her family alive at the end of the war. Rachael also knew that she survived because of the kindness of strangers. It wasnt a secret. Hana spoke about her history publicly and regularly. But, Rachael wanted to document it as only a granddaughter could. So, thats what they did: Hana talked and Rachael wrote.

Upon Hanas passing in 2010, Rachael discovered an incredible archive of her life. There were preserved albums and hundreds of photographs dating back to the 1920s. There were letters waiting to be translated, journals, diaries, deportation and immigration papers as well as creative writings from various stages of Hanas life.

Rachael digitized and organized it all, plucking it from the past and placing it into her present. Then, she began retracing her grandmothers story, following her through Central Europe, Scandinavia, and across the United States. She tracked down the descendants of those who helped save her grandmothers life during the war. Rachael went in pursuit of her grandmothers memory to explore how the retelling of family stories becomes the history itself.

We Share the Same Sky weaves together the stories of these two young women--Hana as a refugee who remains one step ahead of the Nazis at every turn, and Rachael, whose insatiable curiosity to touch the past guides her into the lives of countless strangers, bringing her love and tragic loss. Throughout the course of her twenties, Hanas history becomes a guidebook for Rachael in how to live a life empowered by grief.

Author: Rachael Cerrotti

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 224

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Publication Date: 2021-08-17


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