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frank hoffer

frank, 1928

franzl, ca 1928

franzl, ca 1928

My grandfather died 22 years ago today.

This summer, I visited Vienna, his hometown.  I thought a lot about him and about whether he had walked the same routes, seen the same buildings, gone to the same cafes.  I stood outside his childhood home, wandered around his neighborhood, loitered in front of his father’s store and wondered if I were literally standing in the ghosts of his footsteps.  I hope so.

There is so much I wish we could say to each other.

Frank Markus Hoffer (1909-1991)

hans hoffer, franz hoffer and me at Blindengasse 29, August 2012

Frank, his older brother Hans, and me at Blindengasse 29, August 2012


One Response to “frank, 1928”

  1. Walking where our parents walked is an eye opening experience.

    Posted by Pete Vanlaw | June 27, 2013, 9:40 pm

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