Friedau: once home

I grew up with countless highly emotional tales about an area in what is today Slovenia. They were sad stories about having lost home to "evil forces" and were frequently accompanied by sparkling eyes or bitter tears. Some old photographs were passed around and we children looked at them with great fascination and also a vague feeling of dread. I have always envisioned this lost "home land" to be a great place, full of life with huge and extensive vineyards in which many people of different nationalities and languages lived together. I never got to see it until much later. As a historian, however, I knew about the complex course of events which had led to loss, escape, refuge, displacement a

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