7 episodes

We Share The Same Sky is an intimate portrait of family history that tells the stories of two young women—Hana as a refugee who remains one step ahead of the Nazis at every turn, and Rachael, her granddaughter, on a search to retrace her grandmother’s history. Presented by USC Shoah Foundation, this seven-part narrative series explores how the retelling of family stories becomes history itself and how acts of kindness during war can echo across generations.

We Share The Same Sky Rachael Cerrotti

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We Share The Same Sky is an intimate portrait of family history that tells the stories of two young women—Hana as a refugee who remains one step ahead of the Nazis at every turn, and Rachael, her granddaughter, on a search to retrace her grandmother’s history. Presented by USC Shoah Foundation, this seven-part narrative series explores how the retelling of family stories becomes history itself and how acts of kindness during war can echo across generations.

    Chapter VII: A Strange Way of Feeling Alive

    Chapter VII: A Strange Way of Feeling Alive

    "There were really two plans. One, was to become something -- somebody. Two, was to go back and see who was left."

    • 42 min
    Chapter VI: I'm Going To Jump

    Chapter VI: I'm Going To Jump

    "I was a citizen of nothing." 

    • 45 min
    Chapter V: I Didn't Ask Him His Name

    Chapter V: I Didn't Ask Him His Name

    I always think how different it is, what is in your head and what is in your reality.

    • 38 min
    Chapter IV: The End Of The World

    Chapter IV: The End Of The World

    We went to the end of the world and back. We went to the site of their murder. We went to Sobibór.

    • 11 min
    Chapter III: This House Has Memories

    Chapter III: This House Has Memories

    “She’s 16. She should be in school. She should be with her family. Her letters shouldn’t be censored. Sentences shouldn’t be blacked out. Envelopes shouldn’t be stamped with a swastika. But I guess you can get used to anything.”

    • 33 min
    Chapter II: Don't Make Waves

    Chapter II: Don't Make Waves

    The bridge always burned or was destroyed. There was no way to go back again. Once you made another step, you couldn't step back.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

Aligpd ,

Well told story

This brought home the WWII refugee experience to me. Rachel was easy to listen to and the mix of personal history and timeline facts was perfect.

Glad it's available ,

A rich storytelling experience

Rachael became my narrator every morning and afternoon for five days. The depth with which she shared her grandmother’s history was beautifully captured and positioned along side interviews with her grandmother and other narrators. Like Rachel wanting to return to her grandmothers diaries to re-read and immerse herself within the stories, I find myself already wanting to replay the series and listen again to this extraordinary documentary. This podcast makes you feel things.

Thea's sister Roni ,

Compelling

Remarkable, moving, real and important story, researched extensively and told beautifully. It’s a personal story and a story for all humanity. Thank you for your incomparable dedication to this.

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