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A Fairy Tale

Posted by Elyse in Stories

A Fairy Tale   Written by: Dr. Hugo Schleicher (Elyse’s great-grandfather)   Once upon a time – the fairy tales have mostly this beginning. But have you ever heard a fairy tale, which tells the real truth? If not, let me tell you one.  …

Henry Hirschmann

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Where and When were you born? I was born in a town outside Frankfort in Germany. How did you know you were going to have to leave your home? It was no longer safe for me to live there. Were you in a concentration camp?…

Submitted by Nathan Ingraham

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It was September, 1939. It was the Jewish High Holiday season. The place was the city Lvov in Poland. Nina was eighteen years old. Her parents were into business. She had just graduated from school and planned to go to medical school. But she painfully…

Inge Guggenheimer nee Bodenheimer

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How old were you when you left Germany? I was just thirteen when we left Germany How did you feel when you found out what was going on and that you had to leave? My parents kept the details of our leaving pretty much to…

In Memory of Albert Panebianco

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Albert Panebianco passed away this morning, January 1, 2010. He was a man that I had been talking to and had formed a great friendship with throughout my bat mitzvah project, www.myjewishlegacy.com. He was a soldier in the 45th infantry division. Al had emailed me…

Gerda Haas

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I was born Gerda Schild in 1922, into a religious family in Ansbach, Germany. My father was the Jewish butcher of the town, my mother often helped him in the store. I had a sister, we were very close. After Kristalnacht, November 9, 1938, we…

Judith Magyar Isaacson

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How did you know that you were going to have to leave your home in Hungary? It’s a long story, it takes five chapters of my MEMOIRS, SEED OF SARAH, to cover it. How old were you at the time? Nineteen How did you travel…

Gabriele Silten

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CHAPTER 1. I was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1933. That’s also the year Hitler came to power, so it was not a good year. But, obviously, I couldn’t help that. My whole family lived in Berlin: my grandparents, my parents and I and various…

Fred Lejuene Kahn

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Fred Kahn, SAIS: ’63 A Dramatic Escape to a New LifeWhen Fred Kahn recalls his childhood, growing up in a Jewish household in Germany at the dawn of the Second World War, clear images spring to mind: neighborhood children riding on sleighs, trumpets blaring from…

Leon Fajgenbaum-Submitted by Mindy Prosperi

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Leon Fajgenbaum, 1920-2009  My grandfather was born into a world that no longer exists.  Not only because so much about the world – national borders, technologies, lifestyles – changed over the course of his lifetime.  But because the world of his childhood in Jewish Poland…

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