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A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust; excerpt from a book 

by Ellen Korman Mains

The center was called Tail of the Tiger then. When I returned from my second visit, my mother went to the door of my parents’ bedroom and called my father out, like a foot-soldier delivering me to the commander-in-chief.

“Szapsa,” she said, using his Yiddish name.

His slim frame rose stiffly from the bed and walked to the kitchen table. I had always admired my father’s honesty and integrity, in contrast to my mother’s more expedient brand of practicality. Whereas my mother knew how to bend situations to her advantage with cleverness and charm, my father lacked these gifts of seduction and manipulation. He was generous to the poor, mistrusted people in power, and generally avoided conflict by keeping his opinions to himself.

“You cannot go again to this place.” The skin on his handsome face was taut, his eyes stony.

“But why, Dad? What’s wrong about it?”

“If you continue with this Buddhism, you will be disowned.” Continue…

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