April 29, 2007

By Teri Greene
Montgomery Advertiser

Throughout his nearly eight decades, when asked about his early childhood memories, Henry Stern hasn’t known if those memories were really his or belonged to someone else.

Then, nearly a decade ago, he took his wife and kids to the place he called home in Westheim, Westfalen, Germany.

“And as I was going up the steps to go to the sitting room, I had a flashback,” he said. “And that again goes back to the question: Is this something you’ve heard all your life, or do you really remember it?”

He didn’t know the answer.

That sense of not knowing, of a past washed away, made him want to find those members of his family lost to the Holocaust.