I have multiple motives or angles in writing about my late parents (and other deceased relatives).
- When people die, their friends and acquaintances have some curiosity about their lives. I am inclined to oblige that, perhaps at greater length than is common.
- As you can see from the fact that this blog exists, I am generally interested in recording history. In writing about my parents, grandparents, and so on, I can touch on:
- The general history of various eras. My maternal grandfather engaged in quite a few hijinks wearing top hat and tails.
- Certain political high- or low-lights. The story of the “Mischlinge” in the Holocaust is not widely known. In an era of increasing Holocaust denial, I generally want to add to its documentation. I’ll touch briefly on McCarthyism as well.
- Business history. When I’m not repurposing it for personal subjects, this is a business history blog. My father helped make retail business history. Some of his insights influenced my own thoughts about other industry sectors.
- To a remarkable extent, I am my family’s last survivor. I am not just an only child but, on both sides, an only grandchild as well. I do not plan to have children of my own. In essence, there is nobody to tell my family’s stories to except “the world at large.”
- I’d like to lay out some “lessons learned” about elder care, medical care in general, and perhaps other topics as well.
That’s a lot. If it ever is completed, it will cover a lot of different blog posts. So please understand if any one post in particular feels a little bit sparse or incomplete — it’s just a piece of a larger whole.
The series so far
- Introduction to the lives and marriage of Peter and Anita Monash. The first post in the series, it also has details such as time of death.
- Religion and the Holocaust in the lives of Peter Monash, Anita Monash, and my grandparents.
- Peter Monash’s life before he immigrated to the United States.
- Peter Monash’s life his first quarter-century in the United States.
- The peak of Peter Monash’s working life, and the overall business movement in which he played a key part.
- Anita Monash’s life until she got married.
- Anita Monash’s life from marriage through retirement.