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from:North Wales, PALeah Starkman, now 84 in 2014, was separated from her parents one night and taken to work at a camp in Lyons, France. She would never see her mother again, except in the faded photograph on her wall in her bedroom. "How can you forget when they pull your mother away from your arms?" She was cared for and hidden by gentiles during the war. She moved around so much, she doesn't remember where exactly in France she was living. She does remember that at some point she heard that "the shoemaker" was alive. Her father was a shoemaker and she came to learn that he was living in Belgium. She used money her mother had sewn into her shirt to get to Belgium, where she saw her father, walking with a characteristic bounce in his step. "It was wonderful, and at the same time it hurt so bad," she said. She thought that she would never see him again. "When I heard my father's voice it was like a miracle".
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