Placing the Peices of Silence

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Sue Hertz

Second Advisor

Tom Payne

Third Advisor

Martin McKinsey


This body of work is a creation of historical nonfiction about the complex history of the Gemmer family from the 1890’s to present, and their connection to the history of German immigration in the United States. This thesis also reflects my personal reflective journey as a narrator searching for answers relating to familial silence and displacement.

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