Rita Goldberg was born in Basel in 1949 and raised mostly in the US, with two early years in Germany. She taught literature at Essex and Cambridge for nearly ten years. She teaches comparative literature part-time at Harvard, where her British-born husband, Oliver Hart, is a professor of economics. They have two sons, both born in Cambridge, England, and two grandsons. Rita, who is German-speaking, always knew her mother’s story of survival. She and her younger sisters were haunted, even daunted, by it. Writing this family memoir allowed her to confront that power and to acknowledge her ghosts.