Travel goal #72 One of my loves for travel is learning about different cultures. I was surprised to find my Persian and Turkish cultural beliefs are also part of the Greek culture. Here on the island of Santorini I found the Evil Eye or Nazar on the walls of this building. Meaning behind this symbol is protection. In my language we say Chesh Nakhori! If you have ever met a Persian you will find we have many superstitious traditions pasted down from generations. This is one that I hold strongly, the evil eye. I have this all around my house and wear a bracelet too. It's to protect me from bad energy and evil thoughts of others.
I can't stop thinking about The Nazi Officer's Wife, since finishing The Women in the Castle. This was a great read from about two years ago about a real Jewish woman named Edith Hahn, who pretended to be christian German girl called Grete Denner, in order to escape the holocaust. Edith became Grete with the help of a friend, and soon after met Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member who fell madly in love with "Grete". Edith eventually confessed who she really was to Werner, but he still married her and agreed to keep her secret. In the book Edith recalls how she lived in agonizing fear for years that her identity would be figured out- she was questioned often about where she was from, the lineage of her parents, and she was terrified to fall asleep around others in case she slept talk and accidentally revealed herself. She even refused pain killers while in labor and was terrified that she was accidentally scream out a Hebrew word. Her life was sad, heartbreaking and lonely, but truly remarkable and an excellent read. Edith saved all of her documents and photos from that time period and her collection is on display at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. When I read these books I can help but feel so blessed for my life and inspired to be kind, stand up for others, and make a positive contribution to society. Have you read the Nazi officers wife? #marysbooklists#edithhahnbeer#thenaziofficerswife