In Blood and Village I trace my parents lives back to the southern German village, Geradstetten, the Quelle of my genetic pool and the cultural source of my predispositions. Along the way I reveal hitherto unexposed secrets of my life and times with Frauke and the vagaries of her own Stammbaum. Please learn how to order this classic from my publisher's website:
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From the back cover author biography and book description:
William Palmer, emeritus professor at The Ohio State University, was educated in the New York City public schools, at Harvard, and at The Johns Hopkins University where he earned a doctorate in physics. His early works of fiction were published in MSS, Audience, and genesis west. He is the author of numerous scientific papers over a thirty-five year career, many of them in collaboration with colleagues at German universities and laboratories, affording him the opportunity to pursue his investigations in family and village history on the side, in situ. Upon retirement he turned to these pursuits on a full-time basis, translated several works of local village history from German to English, and finally wrote this memoir of blood and village.
At once a mystery of detection, a family history, and a rite of passage, Blood and Village traces the lives of the authorís parents from the closing years of the 19th century in a small South German town to the New York neighborhoods where they raised their family. Why did they leave their bucolic village, the author asks, why them and so few others? In what sense did the village die after they left? And in having left, why did the village still have such a hold over them all their lives? In his search for some answers, the author delves into the social history of this Swabian village and describes his own return to its people, vineyards, pastures, and orchards. Along the way he ruminates on his father's World War I service and on his mother's trip back to the village in the turbulent summer of 1934, on his life in the 1940s and 1950s as a first-generation American, and on how the U.S. Navy and his research interests in physics brought him back to the village of his parents.