Mimi Schwartz is the author of When History is Personal, forthcoming Spring 2018 from University of Nebraska Press, from which this essay is excerpted. She won the Foreword Magazine Award for Memoir in 2008 for Good Neighbors, Bad Times - Echoes of My Father’s German Village. Other books include Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed and Writing True, the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (co-editor Sondra Perl). Mimi’s essays have appeared in The Missouri Review, Agni, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Calyx, Tikkun, Florida Review, Brevity, The Writer’s Chronicle, among others, and seven essays have been Notables in Best American Essays. She is Professor Emerita at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.