The headline–“Nazi Refugees’ Son Explores Complex Feelings”–caught my attention immediately. Because, you see, my father is the only son of Nazi refugees, and I’ve always suspected he has some rather complex feelings about that fact.
But the story beneath the headline, which appeared in The New York Times this week, was not about my father. Rather, it was about children of Jewish refugees from Central Europe who grew up in Kew Gardens, Queens, in the 1940s and 1950s (my dad grew up in Manhattan and Brooklyn). And it was about “Last Stop Kew Gardens,” a semiautobiographical documentary about this cohort. A film I will certainly be looking for.