The Mapping Memory project follows the extraordinary paths of Jewish refugees around the time of the Second World War (1939-1945). Based on interviews and memoirs, these narratives track refugees’ journeys across war-torn Europe as their homes and identities were threatened by the advancing Nazi war machine. Often, the places where refugees arrived were just as dangerous as those they had fled from, as the socio-political landscape of Europe rapidly changed before and during the war.

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Author Ryan Gompertz graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with majors in Political Science and History and a minor in Law, Society, and Justice. He is currently a student at the UW School of Law.

Learn more about the Mapping Memory project in Ryan’s article, “From Story to History.”

All information comes from first-hand accounts.

This project was made possible through a Digital Media Fellowship at the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.