Her ancestors were Holocaust survivors. Now she's reclaiming her identity In an excerpt from the podcast Memory Wars, a descendant of Holocaust survivors takes back her heritage by moving to her ancestral homeland in Germany.

Her ancestors survived the Holocaust. She returns to Germany to reclaim her identity

Her ancestors survived the Holocaust. She returns to Germany to reclaim her identity

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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Every year there are fewer Holocaust survivors still with us. But the trauma they experienced continues to reverberate through generations.

Today we bring you the story of a descendent of Holocaust victims.

Haley's ancestors were Holocaust survivors. But she's chosen to return to Germany anyway. We follow her journey to reclaim the things stolen from her family — an identity and a homeland. Why would someone return to a place of unspeakable trauma and what does it take for them to feel welcomed?

Memory Wars is a six-part series about how Germany has confronted its horrific past and whether America could ever do the same. Reported by Mallory Noe-Payne and featuring conversations with Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or NPR One.