Category Archives: World War II

Sunday in the Park With George


In the world in which I grew up, children were included in all family social activities. This meant that every Sunday and family holidays were spent together with my parents and grandmother, along with my mom’s friends. My dad had … Continue reading

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Memories of My Grandfather


My mother’s father was a person of mythic proportions in my life. He was the only grandfather I knew, as my father’s parents had been killed in the war. By the time I was born, he and my grandmother were … Continue reading

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My Grandmother


My grandmother played an important role in my life, as she lived with us from the time I was two until she died when I was in college. The only time I was separated from her was during the period … Continue reading

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Life in Communist Hungary – 2


Having been under someone else’s dominion for almost five hundred years, Hungarians have developed a degree of resourcefulness and resiliency to a degree rarely found in other people. Lacking any natural borders to resist foreign invasion, divided by internal social … Continue reading

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Life in Communist Hungary – 1


Since I came to the States, I’ve had a number of Americans ask me, “What was it like living in a Communist country?” I tried to answer their question the best I could, but almost invariably I was left with … Continue reading

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Family – My Aunt Susie and Uncle Fred


Susie was born two years before my mom, and as her big sister, always considered herself both my mom’s boss, as well as protector. As a result, the two of them fought frequently, but loved each other unfailingly. Bright, strongly … Continue reading

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A Priest Behind the Iron Curtain


My mother’s father had a younger brother who went on to become a Catholic priest prior to the outbreak of World War II. Part of his seminary training took place at the University in Heidelberg, Germany, as a result of … Continue reading

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Ladybug Memories


I was sitting outside on the patio, enjoying the morning sun being reflected back from the still snow covered peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains when a ladybug landed on my arm. It stayed for a minute, then flew away, … Continue reading

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