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This is amazing. Had no idea all of this happened to my husband’s uncle and family. Will send this on to my children and grandchildren. I am related by marriage and Nandor was my father-in-law’s younger brother. My side of the family lost touch with him when he moved to Israel. We are very proud of him and heartbroken over the loss of his family and all the others in that terrible time.
Great story; thanks for sharing.
Thank you Prof. Astore and Penn College for including a course on the Holocaust. The lesson of the Holocaust is not just a story of the Jewish experience, but a warning to all citizens that blindly following any leader can lead to horrible results. As the oldest member of the Blau family, I spent my youth in WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corps while our family was being exterminated. Like Capt. Kurtz in the film “Apocalypse Now,” all I can say is “The horror!, The horror!” of war. Never forget that.
In 1981, I had only been married a year; my father Richard and Uncle Bill and my cousin Billy went to Sighishora, Romania, and I was was fortunate to spend time with Uncle Nandor and Aunt Adela. I also had met Uncle Heinrich and his wife and our cousin Rose. They were all very loving people and so happy to have met Grandpa Morris’s grandchildren. Adela and Nandor were two of the four Jews in this town with a synagogue. As a practicing Jew in northwest Indiana, it was great to see their Orthodox traditions. On Shabbat, Great Uncle Nandor would go have the chicken prepared in Orthodox traditions. We had a meal of chicken paprikash and dumplings, which I make today for my family. I am so very fortunate that my father and I were able to make this trip. The memory is in my heart forever. I am so sorry that more of our family was never able to share the joy of knowing them. Thanks, Dad, for the opportunity to meet my family and get to know them.
Bill told me some of this story years ago. I am proud to have named my son in honor of Nandor Blau. My son is Vietnamese and his country’s history has many such stories of tragedy, oppression, perseverance and endurance of spirit… a fitting name.