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Dear Rudy,

You once asked, "What was a unique reason you took a trip?" Here's my response.

My mother is a Holocaust survivor and author. In 1995, at the age of 72, she, along with her four daughters and a videographer, journeyed from our home in Oregon to her hometown of Sighet, a tiny mountain village in northwest Romania. We found her childhood home, a house she hadn't seen in 50 years. We were even allowed to go inside. We retraced her steps to the Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland, stayed in a convent right next to the camp, and saw the barracks where she slept. Then, we made our way to Bergen-Belsen in Germany, the camp from which she was liberated by the British and American forces 50 years prior.

It was an incredible journey on many levels, one I will never forget.




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