“Around the dinner table, conversations were about what the Nazis had done to my grandfather,” Nir remembers. It became clear that any problem she would have, could never match the horror her father had endured. “All the way through high school,” Nir says, “I had never known cruelty. I once told him that in comparison, I don’t feel like a real person.” Her father’s response: "Never envy me my wounds. I envy you are spared your own."
She wasn’t. But, like her father, she survived.
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