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Painted Letter #2, Berlin, Germany

Eva Rickles: This is the second letter from Peter, expressing the joy he felt to receive my parents’ response to his first letter written from Shanghai. 

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Painted Letter #1, Berlin, Germany

Eva Rickles: Jou and Peter’s Departure (Text below the letter) This picture depicts the exodus of friends of my parents who had to flee from Germany in 1938

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Photographs, Budapest, Hungary

Eva E. Aigner:  Our apartment became a house marked by a Jewish star, during the Holocaust. We were taken to the ghetto from here.

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Dog Wippi, Berlin, Germany

Eva Rickles: My beloved friend and “canine sibling” in Berlin was my dog “Wippi” ~ the name a shortened version of the German word for “tail wagger.”  

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Tefillin, Budapest, Hungary

Eva Aigner: My Father was orthodox. Most orthodox men used the Teffilin for morning prayers. Teffilin is made of leather straps, which are wrapped around

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Family Photos, Budapest, Hungary

Leslie Aigner: This photo is my mother + 2 sisters and myself These photos were taken in 1944 in Chepel ghetto in the Budapest suburbs.

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Registration Cards, Budapest, Hungary

Leslie Aigner: These were given to me on the way home from the camps. They allowed me to travel on the trains and get some food on the stations  

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Postcard, Budapest, Hungary

Leslie Aigner: Postcard sent from Auschwitz camp when I was ordered to write home. I addressed it to a gentile friend. I did not want to give out any family

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Postcards, Budapest, Hungary

Les Aigner:  My mother Anna asking my dad Gyrela, if he ever received the food package that she has sent him This postcard was sent to a town named  

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Jewish Passport, Vienna, Austria

Evelyn Banko: My parents and I were already in Riya, Latvia on October 5, 1938 when all German passports held by Jews became invalid and had to be sent to […]

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Books and Belt, Vienna, Austria

Evelyn Banko: When the Nazis occupied Austria in 1936, my parents hoped they would be able to leave Vienna for a safer country.

To Bear Witness: Closure

On a journey to come to terms with their losses, a group of Holocaust survivors from Portland, OR, travel together to six of the locations where concentration camps

Photo: Sankar Raman

Miracles, Memories and a Message

Life’s hardest lessons can come at a steep cost. Tragedy, trauma and misfortune often breed bitterness, anger and hatred. Les and Eva Aigner, octogenarian Nazi