From Mount Herzl to Paris
always with them, at every moment, everywhere. The OneFamily organization sent 26 bereaved mothers on a trip to France, The Netherlands and Belgium, so they could take a break. . "They shot him through a gypsum wall, contemptibly, without facing ...
March 21, 2014
The OneFamily organization sent 26 bereaved mothers on a trip to France, The Netherlands and Belgium, so they could take a break. Emily Amrousi and photographer Maya Baumel-Birger were with them as they shared moments of pain and longing, and moments of transcendence and joy too. And like the closing words of the centaur in the book, "My heart is broken within me to think that it is possible -- that I found words for it," I break. These words, these fragments of language, will describe this mothers' journey, the journey of 26 women who introduce themselves as "the mother of," and then the name of the fallen soldier. He will be with me until I close my eyes for the last time," one mother would tell me). A trip to give them a break, provided by the OneFamily organization, a group of angels who bind up the wounds of families who have lost loved ones to war or... Maya, the photographer, and I joined as observers, as ones who listen to the conversation between them that only they understand. We watched as they contemplated the disaster that had befallen them from a distance, from the banks of the Seine, for example, thousands of kilometers from the soil where their sons uttered their first words, and their last.