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Boris Chartan The Living Memories Project Book

A Living Memorial to Victims of the Holocaust — as shared by Boris Chartan

WE KNEW OF THE NAZI INVASION of Czechoslovakia and Poland because a few people from there came to our town. The people who ran away from their homes came and told us what was happening. They told us about Kristallnacht … [Read More...]

Ronn Lucas with his puppet family The Living Memories Project Book

The Sock Puppet That Launched a Career — as shared by Ronn Lucas

WE HAD A TRADITION OF GATHERING at the Tully family house. My real name is Ronny Wayne Tully. Grandpa Tully had a very dry sense of humor. I had three sets of grandparents—the Tullys, the Connors, and the Lucases. The … [Read More...]

Three generations: Hazel Dukes with grandmother
Sarah Hopson, and mother, Alice Dukes

A Grandmother’s Wisdom — as shared by Hazel Dukes

MY MOTHER’S MOTHER WAS SARAH HOPSON. My mother had a sister who died at an early age, so my mother was raised as an only child. She and her mother were very close, and after my grandfather died my grandmother moved in … [Read More...]

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“Always With Us, Watching Over My Children” — as shared by Maryann Stech

MY MOTHER, ROSE MCDONNELL, WAS A SWEET PEACEMAKER in the family. She was very easygoing and never interfered in our lives. When I had kids and stopped working, I did everything with her. We would go shopping and hang out together; we were almost like friends. I moved to Virginia a year before she died, so I didn’t see […]

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Constructive Revenge — as shared by Robert Meeropol

I HAVE NO DETAILED MEMORY of my and my brother’s prison visits to our parents, nor do I have any recollection at all of our final visit to them at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York, shortly before their execution. What I do remember of our visits is that we played games and saw them one at […]

Joe at graduation with parents.

A Search for Closure — as shared by Leslie Rizzo

WHEN JOE WAS EIGHT and making his First Communion, he came home from Catholic school and told me he had to do a reading. I didn’t want to say, “You should be scared reading in front of all those people,” so I just asked him if he was okay with it and he said he was. When he did his reading without a […]

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