Gitta at school

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Gitta
October 1925 – Gitta, 16, in her school uniform
Gitta, my mother, went to secondary school in Slonim, then in Poland, and attended the Polish Gymnasium, which was unusual for a Jewish girl, since the numerus clausus was pretty effective at the time. Her dream was to become a pianist and she did manage to study the piano at the Warsaw conservatory of music. But life plays funny tricks on people and she ended up following her fiancé to Paris, did not marry him, in spite of her promises to her parents.
Her father said that if she did not return to Slonim, he would stop sending her money. So she started working, selling clothing at the open-air markets around Paris, where she met my father whom she later married.
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