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Chasing Holocaust ghosts down Route 66

by Marc Littman, Zocalo Public Square

4 hours ago

The author's father, Jacob. Photo via Zocalo Public Square

When I was 9 my father, Jacob, uprooted me from my magical boyhood in Detroit to chase ghosts down historic Route 66. We were bound for L.A.

Like Dust Bowl Okies, the entire family—my... read full article

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