The author recounts his September, 2001, visit to Heidelberg, Germany, with his mother, Molly Blatt. The author and his mother participated in a program for the city's "former Jewish citizens," those Jews who fled the Nazi regime between 1938 and 1945, who could bring a companion of their choice. The essay reviews the program's highlights and the activities and reactions of mother and son on this journey exploring history, memory, and contemporary Germany. The terrible events of September 11, 2001, in the United States, which coincided with the opening day of the program, added a nightmarish quality to the visit. However, mother and son, in very different ways, had positive experiences.
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