The intersection of place and time in Central Europe draws a confusing map. For instance, my mother's father was born in the German-speaking village of Königsau which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After World War I the town became part of Poland and its name was changed to Równe. After World War II Równe found itself in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic with new inhabitants and the new name of Rivne. Today Rivne is in Ukraine and the Austro-Hungarian Empire is no more but the houses that were built in Königsau now keep the inhabitants of Rivne dry and the village retains its distinctive pentagonal layout.