Homecoming

Kessler's Father Returns from Transnistria

"I didn’t know who that strange man was."

"When he was liberated-- Russian troops came through and liberated Romania at the end of 1944 beginning of 1945. He was freed, but of course he was sick. So they put him in a hospital for him to recover. He came back and when he walked into the apartment I didn’t recognize him. I hid behind my mother, and I didn’t know who that strange man was. I don’t know where he got the overcoat he was wearing, but it was four times too big on him. He was a mere skeleton of the man I remembered. It took a while for me to get used to it again, the idea that this strange man was my father."

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Kessler with his Parents

Kessler with his Parents

Kessler with his father and mother, Bucharest, ca 1946. | Source: Andre Kessler View File Details Page

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Andre Kessler, “Homecoming,” Georgia Journeys, accessed July 21, 2017, http://georgiajourneys.kennesaw.edu/items/show/36.

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