I will now share my most significant find: pictures of my mother when she was young. Since she left Poland before Hitler invaded, these photos must be of her early life in the United States. After my father passed away, I cleaned out their apartment and unearthed a few old photo albums. You can’t imagine how much stuff my father stored in a two-bedroom apartment with only four closets. I must search for his box of memorabilia from WWII; he saved every pay stub from the Merchant Marines.

The first picture boggles my mind since I’ve never seen my mother wearing anything but skirts or dresses. She didn’t go to the beach, so no bathing suits. But here she’s wearing shorts. It must be when she first arrived in the U.S. since after she married, she lived in an apartment with my father in Williamsburg. She told me she lived with cousins, but where I had no idea.

My mother arrived when she was 16, so this must be her as a teenager before she began to lose her vision. She looks happier than I remember her. She wore a bow in her hair, and my daughters loved wearing bows when they were small.

I wonder who this woman is with my mother. She might be Rabbi Lamm’s mother, who was her first cousin. They remained close after my mother married, and I walked with her to Peppy’s house on the Sabbath. Or she could be a close friend, a cheerful-looking friend.

And who is this? My mother’s friends or relatives appear friendly and fun.

More unknown people.

And look what I found: a baby picture of my brother. If you haven’t noticed by now, I always mention my brother whenever I speak of my family.

This is the last picture. My mother appears younger in this one. I don’t know if she brought any photos with her from Poland. No one expected The Holocaust, except for Hitler himself.

I’m relieved my mother had happier times than her experiences later in life.

15 thoughts on “RRBC 30-DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE – DAY 15

  1. patgarcia January 19, 2023 / 6:11 am

    Hi, Susanne,
    You said no one expected the Holocaust except Hitler, and I disagree. I believe governments in the western world saw it coming but no one wanted to rock the boat. They closed their eyes, hoping it would go away.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures. They are a treasure to pass along to your kids and grandkids.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • Susanne Leist January 19, 2023 / 2:07 pm

      I meant to say that no one expected the depravity of Hitler and his men. The concentration camps and the experiments done on human beings were beyond shocking. My mother’s family knew he was coming, but they thought they had time and had no idea they would be herded like sheep into cattle cars. Thinking of it makes me sick.

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  2. Wanda Fischer January 16, 2023 / 11:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing these amazing photos, Susanne. I love the fact that you not only shared your mother but also make it a point to mention your brother in your posts. It’s such a tragedy that you lost your grandmother and grandfather in Auschwitz. Heartbreaking.

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    • Susanne Leist January 16, 2023 / 11:48 pm

      Thank you, Wanda. This blogging challenge has opened many doorways into my memories, and finding these old pictures took me on a journey.


    • Susanne Leist January 16, 2023 / 10:17 pm

      I wish I had photos of my grandmother and uncle killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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  3. Linda Mims January 16, 2023 / 6:46 pm

    I loved seeing pictures of your mother in happy times! Thanks for sharing them, Susanne!

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  4. Patty Perrin January 16, 2023 / 5:05 pm

    Your mother had a beautiful smile, Susanne. She was lovely, and she did look happy with her friends and relatives in the photos. Treasure these memories!


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    • Susanne Leist January 16, 2023 / 6:09 pm

      I agree. She looked happy in these pictures, and maybe her mind turned to the past in her last few years to relive those moments.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist January 16, 2023 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you. I believe pictures can tell a story better at times than words.


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