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  That's interesting. Boopsie Sarah told us stories about how the Poles would grab a Jew off the street and tie him upside down to an ox cart and drag him through the streets with his head getting scrapped on the pavement. She would hear the screams from her house. That is why her parents sent her to the U.S. alone at the age of 12! She talked about how scared she was on the boat and how when she got off she knew no one. It must have been terrifying. I also had a neighbor from Poland who told me how the Poles would kick him in the balls and laugh as he fell to the floor. He later ended up in a concentration camp but survived. His hatred of them was palpable.

Due to these stories and what I learned about the Holocaust and what led up to it, I always had mixed feelings about Europe. Yes, they produced Beethoven and Da Vinci, but also Queen Isabel and Hitler. When I went to Europe, especially in Italy, I kept seeing graffiti of swastikas. It got me sick. When I was in England I was reading plaques by the Tower of London and stood in shock as I read one about how the English expelled all the Jews. (I always thought of England as my motherland. Big mistake.)

So I could not imagine, after what my great great grandmother went through to come here, to turn around and go back to Europe. But, I guess if my life circumstances brought me there I would adjust. You can't hold onto anger generation after generation.

I've read the opinion of some that the influx of Muslims into Europe is kind of a karmic payback for what they did to the Jews. Who knows. All I know is I'm glad Sarah got to have that moment where she stood all dressed up with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, all successful and living in peace.
 
  Author: Von Cello
Eintrag from 21.05.2009
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