The latest “long journey home”

The latest “long journey home” was the best of them all. The entire Heller family–my wife Sue and I, son David and his wife Bobbi, and three grandchildren: Sam, Sarah, and Caroline–journeyed to the Czech Republic. It was our grandchildren’s first opportunity to connect with their Czech roots. I had waited a long time for the opportunity to show them the world’s most beautiful sight: that of the Prague Castle in the first photo. In the second photo, David and Bobbi are standing at the Melnik castle, above the confluence of the country’s two great rivers: Labe and Vltava. Among the reasons that this is one of our favorite spots is the mountain far in the background. It is Rip–a mountain of ancient Czech legend under which my great-grandmother was born and which thus formed the logo of our family’s company. Grandson Sam’s middle name is Neumann; proudly, he is standing under a sign for a street in my home town of Kojetice dedicated to the maternal side of my family. In the last photo, our three grandchildren are standing next to the Kojetice monument to its fallen heroes of the two world wars. The black marble slab contains the names of my great-grandfather (murdered at Treblinka), my grandfather and great-uncle (both murdered by the Germans while attempting to escape), and my godfather (accidently killed on the last day of the war).

Prague castle

Prague castle

David and Bobbi with Labe and Rip in background Samuel Neumann Heller in Kojetice Grandkids at Kohetice monument



  1. WaltSimmons on August 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Very emotional, the looks on their faces reflect their emotions.

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  3. Paul Laric on May 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hi, Charlie – and heartiest congratulations on your continuous achievements (not least of which the hole-in one, ha ha). Am delighted to learn that Prague will honor its Holocaust victims: among them my dear aunt, uncle and cousin Nelly, Bohoush and Alice Neumann – all vanished in a concentration camp during the last year of the war, and whom I can never forget. Fondest regards, Paul.

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