Belonging: A German Reckons With History And Home

Belonging: A German Reckons With History And Home


A revelatory memoir by award-winning artist Nora Krug, telling the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history.

Nora Krug was born decades after the fall of the Nazi regime, but the Second World War cast a long shadow throughout her childhood and youth in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. For Nora, the simple fact of her German citizenship bound her to the Holocaust and its unspeakable atrocities and left her without a sense of cultural belonging. Yet Nora knew little about her own family’s involvement in the war: though all four grandparents lived through the war, they never spoke of it.

In her late thirties, after twelve years in the US, Krug realizes that living abroad has only intensified her need to ask the questions she didn’t dare to as a child and young adult. Returning to Germany, she visits archives, conducts research, and interviews family members, uncovering in the process the stories of her maternal grandfather, a driving teacher in Karlsruhe during the war, and her father’s brother Franz-Karl, who died as a teenage SS soldier in Italy. Her extraordinary quest, spanning continents and generations, pieces together her family’s troubling story and reflects on what it means to be a German of her generation.

Belonging wrestles with the idea of Heimat, the German word for the place that first forms us, where the sensibilities and identity of one generation pass on to the next. In this memoir, Nora Krug draws on letters, archival material, flea market finds, and photographs to attempt to understand what it means to belong to one’s country and one’s family. A wholly original record of a German woman’s struggle with the weight of catastrophic history, Belonging is also a reflection on the responsibility that we all have as inheritors of our countries’ pasts.


  • 001 Belonging Open

    Duración: 50s

  • 002 Belonging Dedication

    Duración: 06s

  • 003 Belonging Prologue

    Duración: 02min

  • 004 Belonging Chapter 1 Early Dawning

    Duración: 17min

  • 005 Belonging Chapter 2 Forgotten Songs

    Duración: 14min

  • 006 Belonging Chapter 3 Poisonous Mushrooms

    Duración: 13min

  • 007 Belonging Chapter 4 Keeping Time

    Duración: 11min

  • 008 Belonging Chapter 5 Unhealed Wounds

    Duración: 08min

  • 009 Belonging Chapter 6 Looking Inside

    Duración: 09min

  • 010 Belonging Chapter 7 Closing In

    Duración: 07min

  • 011 Belonging Chapter 8 Fathomless Forests

    Duración: 08min

  • 012 Belonging Chapter 9 Melting Ice

    Duración: 10min

  • 013 Belonging Chapter 10 Looking For Traces

    Duración: 23min

  • 014 Belonging Chapter 11 Soft Return

    Duración: 16min

  • 015 Belonging Chapter 12 Following the Flock

    Duración: 27min

  • 016 Belonging Chapter 13 Peeling Wallpaper

    Duración: 12min

  • 017 Belonging Chapter 14 Blinding Whiteness

    Duración: 16min

  • 018 Belonging Chapter 15 Shaking Hands

    Duración: 14min

  • 019 Belonging Epilogue

    Duración: 06min

  • 020 Belonging Close

    Duración: 03min