this is the story of the metzes, who were confronted with the reality of the true nature of the third reich and, like their mother, were forced to flee. metz captures the unsettling and heartrending circumstances of the days following world war ii, as they flee across europe. metz captures the haunting horror of the holocaust, the mass evictions of the austrian and german jews, the monstrosity of the nazi leaders and the violence of their state, and the courage and perseverance of women who took a chance on life as it was and chose to make the best of it.
it is an exciting time to be a diving diver. divers like myself are paving the way for the next generation of marine scientists and explorers. for me, this expedition will be an opportunity to learn about the marine environment of the gulf of mexico, the worlds largest shipwreck and largest coral ecosystem, and to dive alongside the endangered manatee.
being able to return to the place of my great-grandmothers escape from vienna after nearly 80 years gives me a chance to reflect on her life and her family and find out what she might have been thinking. it is the deepest part of my heritage. it is also the place that i was born and raised, and my home, and i have a duty to share it with future generations. this is a journey of discovery, one that i am excited to take as we search for the planter.
this past summer, we were lucky enough to take an expedition to the planter, one of the largest and most important shipwrecks on the gulf coast, and explore why it was abandoned in the 1860s. read the full article here.