Clara Grossman was the second of Ann and Armin Hercz’s four children. She remembers their lovely house with its gardens, the summers she spent at a mountain resort, and the Sabbaths where the table was always set with fine linen and china and laden with traditional foods. Gathered there were children, other relatives living with the family, and guests in need of hospitality.
Clara emerged from Auschwitz a 15-year-old orphan. Arriving in the USA in 1948, she completed her schooling in Pennsylvania where she lived with relatives. She and her husband moved to Kansas City from New Jersey in 1989.
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