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Follow My Footprints documents a granddaughter's journey to weave together the thin threads of her family history.

The project is an intergenerational diary of life, death and the will to move forward in the face of uncertainty.

Author and Photographer : Rachael Cerrotti


The story

In October 1939, Hana, a wide-eyed, 14-year-old girl from Prague boarded a train into the unknown. She was one of the lucky ones. As war took over her newly formed, democratic Czechoslovakia, she had a way out. 

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The Journey

In 2014, 75 years after Hana bid farewell to her family for what would be the final time, her granddaughter embarked on a journey to learn the languages, landscapes and lives of her grandmother's displacement.

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About The Artist

Rachael Cerrotti is an independent photographer, writer and educator. Her work focuses on documenting stories of grief, resilience, and the perception of home. She holds a degree in Communications from Temple University and is an alumni of The Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

For nearly a decade, Rachael has been pursuing her long-term project, Follow My Footprints, retracing her grandmother's route of displacement during and in the wake of World War II. The story, which travels through Central Europe, Scandinavia and across the United States, is an intergenerational approach to understanding displacement, grief, and the will to move forward in the face of uncertainty.

She is a regular contributor to Images & Voices of Hope and her work has been published by Public Radio International, NPR, Cognoscenti (WBUR), The Boston Globe, Yediot Aharonot (Israel), The Times of Israel,  Lidové Noviny (Czech Republic), Travel & Leisure, Discovery.com and ViewFind. She has received awards from the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism and Momenta Workshops and has shown her work in solo exhibitions in Boston and Prague.