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There was a tree and an apple, and everyone ate of it.

^Thus can the 20th century history of Europe be summarised, paraphrasing heavily from Geert Mak’s In Europe.

A young unstable empire grew up suddenly and two wars were fought in trenches and homes. The second plumbed the depths of human frailty and flaw, traces of which were difficult but not impossible to disguise, hide, re-tell in subsequent years. There was no one true story, the closer you scratched the less there was in common. The continent was split in two, and then in two again, and again. Only after much suffering were oppressors washed away by crowds and masses, and by chance and individuals.

In 1989, at the last moment, families left the trabants packed with their possessions and took only themselves across a border. The leap, and the loss that follows it; giving up everything known for something unseen.

At the root of European antisemitism in the early 20th century was the deep mistrust of the Jewish placelessness, a people without loyalty to a homeland. This, in a continent which cannot be sliced into pieces small enough to define distinct peoples. Is it an evolution to break free of our place, or will we always want to go back home?

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