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Liberation: a Love Story (and a Reckoning)

Rebecca Wong | Longreads | May 2, 2019 | 2,187 words
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Liberation: a Love Story (and a Reckoning)

Rebecca Wong integrates new information into her understanding and appreciation of her grandfather, and how he survived the Holocaust.
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Rebecca Wong | Longreads | May 2019 | 8 minutes (2,187 words)

As a relationship therapist, I know a lot about love, loss, repair, endurance, and growth. Of course, I was trained for this. But the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned came from my grandparents, who taught me nearly everything there is to know about these things.

That is, until one evening three years ago that left me to question everything they taught me.

That night, I’m drawing a bath for my young daughters when my phone dings. As the water runs, I look and see that it’s a forwarded email from my mother, a message from one of my father’s long removed cousins — the daughter of my grandfather’s estranged brother. The email is about my grandfather’s dark side, a part of him I knew nothing about.

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