Police are treating the Barcelona attack as an act of terrorism. This sort of violence has plagued Europe for the last few years, including the city from which my family hails, Paris.
When I was a kid—World War II felt very remote. But in this political moment—my Great-Grandparents’ actions during the war take on a renewed relevance.
I come from a family of French Jews. Now, as the French presidential election is nearing, my family is closely following the news.
“We took a bunch of ice skis, because we were bored, we had nothing to do on the farm, and we busted the windows out! Then we both blamed each other.”