There is something in this native land business and you cannot get away from it, in peace time you do not seem to notice it much particularly when you live in foreign parts but when there is a war and you are all alone and completely cut off from knowing about your country well then there it is, your native land is your native land, it certainly is.
Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945).
Written in occupied France in 1944, during World War II. Stein felt cut off from reliable information about events in the United States, where she had been born, raised, and educated, and where she still maintained citizenship, though she had long ago resettled permanently in France.