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All my life I was told by Grandma Regina that she lost her entire family in the Holocaust. Grandma, my mother’s mother, was from Warsaw. She escaped the slaughter by coming to the United States at the turn of the century.

Before the Holocaust, in Poland, Jews were the largest minority in the country. Early on, in Poland’s major cities, Jews and Poles shared a common language. Life was peaceable. Families between Jews and…