Juliana Zarchi : Memories of her mother’s despair



Juliana’s mother fled Nazi Germany in 1937 and settled with her husband in Kaunas. She could speak neither Lithuanian nor Russian, which she eventually learnt, poorly, in Tajikistan.

During the interview, Juliana remembers how her mother felt foreign all her life, how she cried each time she spoke of Düsseldort. “We lived out of suitcases”, because her mother was always waiting for permission to go home. Juliana chose not to have any children for fear it would be yet another pretext for not allowing them to leave Lithuania.


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Juliana’s mother in Germany, 1936
© Juliana Zarchi

All available extracts:

  1. Her mother’s feeling of foreignness
  2. Her mother’s dream of going home to Germany