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Grandma Loved Chanukah: When Holocaust Survivors Celebrated Again

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My grandmother, Clara Neuman, a Holocaust survivor, chose to live simply and laugh often, especially at Chanukah time. Beneath the joy of lighting the candles with family and oily latkes was a nostalgia for how Chanukah was celebrated in Hungary.

Although Grandma reminisced lovingly of those childhood memories, after the darkness of war and communism, she strived to live in the present. At times she had the typical night terrors of arriving in Auschwitz and being separated from loved ones. She quietly endured flashbacks to the Death March, and memories of the chaotic years rebuilding her life in Communist Hungary and then again as a refugee in Canada. How did these events not define her and survivors of this generation?

Grandma’s shiva five years ago coincided with the eight days of Chanukah.........

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