The Story of A.A. (Germany and Poland)

A.A. and her sister were born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the Land of Israel with their father, a widower, before the Second World War. A.A. had no memories of her mother, who had died giving birth to her one year younger sister. In Israel, the two sisters lived with their father, who, after a short time, remarried and sent them to a boarding school. There their lives were difficult because there were always various disturbing questions about their mother's death and their father's feelings toward them.

The attempts the two made to talk with their father in order to get answers to these troublesome questions met with laconic and unsatisfying answers such as; "I loved her very much" or "She was very pretty." Through the many years the two sisters established successful families and even had grandchildren.

In the initial interview no new details were added, except for the names of the parents and the neighborhood in which they lived, and, perhaps, one more detail that did not look at first to be very important, but in the end helped the investigation.

The father had arrived in Germany from Poland and there joined his brother who owned a tobacco shop. We succeeded in identifying that shop and thus learned that the father sometimes used the maiden name of the mother. From this it was possible to discover documents showing the date and circumstances of the mother's death. It seems that, not as the sisters had believed, the mother had died from a communicable disease after childbirth and not from complications of the birth. From here the way was paved to the finding of the mother's grave in Berlin.

The grave was very respectable and the inscription gave witness that their father loved their mother very much. The photograph of the grave stone and the warm inscription affected AA deeply in the final year of her life. A short time after the research she died at a ripe, old age.

Other results of the research: Gave some comfort in old age to questions about her life that had gone long unanswered. Perhaps the results of the research offered some comfort at last.