Stolen!

1932_Enlarged from original negatives_assembled after 1943_0002Thursday, July 6, 1944

It happened in a flash. My father left his camera on the front seat of the car while he and my mother ran into a grocery store. One minute it was there, the next it was gone. It wasn’t just any camera either. My father bought the Zeiss Kolibri in 1932 when he was a medical student in Cologne, Germany. He brought it home with him when the Gestapo pinned a yellow star to his apartment building and made it clear that Jews, even American Jews, were no longer welcome. He brought it with him to the American University of Beirut Medical School. It was more than a camera, it was a precious connection to his past and an indispensable mediator between him and the world. He documented everything, even taking a bath! By the way, here’s something really scary: I was in the car too when my parents ran into the store,

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