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Through the Eyes of a Child (cont.)

        We moved to Postavy. My mother wanted me to attend a better school. At school, I had a girlfriend, Manya Yakubovsky. One day, she took me to the far end of her family's backyard and showed me a place covered with cement. It was one of the mass graves where Jews from Postavy ghetto were buried. I thought about my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Sometimes, I think about what my life would have been like… I feel the pain of a terrible, terrible loss.

Irene after the war
No smile
Elizabeth and Irene Mauber, 1968
After leaving Poland, we are in Vienna
waiting for visas to the United States

        In 1969, my mother and I came to the United States. In 1970, I lost my mother to cancer. A family friend said that my mother had one goal in her life, to bring her child to a free country. She fought for it and when she finally did bring her daughter to a free country, it was time for her to go. My mother was a person of extraordinary strength. She was a survivor. With the help of many other kind people, she saved my life.

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