F O L L O W M Y F O O T P R I N T S
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 love, loss and the will to move forward in the face of uncertainty.
Author and Photographer : Rachael Cerrotti
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.
For over a decade, Hana’s granddaughter has researched and retraced her grandmother’s route of displacement, uncovering what comes in the chapter of life after an incomprehensible black page of history.
About The Artist
Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning photographer, writer and educator. Her work explores the intergenerational impact of migration and memory. She holds a degree in Communications from Temple University and is an alumni of The Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, she has completed educator's seminars with Yad Vashem and Facing History & Ourselves.
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 the impact of World War II. She speaks in classrooms and communities worldwide about this story, is now writing her first book and producing a podcast in collaboration with the Shoah Foundation.