Bob Balaban

I’m from the Midwest, and I loved my family. I had a very good time as a child, but I was also – I have a theory about Jews growing up in the Midwest, that there is an ultimately sort of wonderful avoidance of a lot of things, and a great acceptance of whatever is happening.

Holocaust is very much a part of present discussion all over the place. There are little plaques everywhere you go around in different neighborhoods. “This person here was prosecuted.” “This person was sent to this concentration camp.” “A family of Jews lived here. They took over his business.” Little, very discrete, very dignified plaques are everywhere.