ASSAULT AND SURVIVAL ACROSS THE FORESTS OF WWII EUROPE

“I Am,” I Said: Thoughts on Borders and Refugees

By Johannah Knudson / May 15, 2017 / 0 Comments
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Shifting Borders When I read about the history of Eastern Europe, I realize how changeable national boundaries and concepts of nation are. I live in a very young country, America, which nevertheless has been highly successful in forming a self-concept that seems essential and timeless. Its sense of surety likely is rooted in the concept of “Manifest Destiny,” which declared it God’s will for America to expand westward to the shore of the Pacific Ocean, while rationalizing the genocide of the indigenous people of this continent. The history of Eastern Europe shows that it’s often, in fact, nation-building efforts that undermine…

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Any Other Name

By Johannah Knudson / May 8, 2017 / 4 Comments
My grandmother, my brother, and me

A Temporary Peace My grandmother was an immigrant from Eastern Europe. She was born in 1910 in the town of Svalava, which was part of the Kingdom of Hungary at the time but joined Czechoslovakia in 1920 by decree of the Treaty of Trianon, which ended WWI. Now, the town, with no remaining Jewish population, is within the boundaries of Ukraine. The area where my grandmother was born has been, and is currently, known by many different names, some of which reference geography, some of which reference culture, and some of which reference nationality. The terms Sub-Carpathian Ruthenia or Sub-Carpathian…

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Across the Forest

By Johannah Knudson / May 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

In the region of Transylvania, in Eastern Europe, so many structures are painted one particular shade of blue that it is widely known as Transylvania blue.

My family, particularly my grandmother, her siblings, and her predecessors, come from areas within and neighboring what we know as Transylvania.

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