Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Nancy Fordonski - May 29, 1982


You said you have a daughter, Sarah?

Sarah Rose, yes.

And you have a son?

Sidney Maury.

Do you have just the two children?

Two children.

Is your son married?

No. He's not married. He's working here for a firm and uh, he's an accountant. He went for his CPA last uh, what, in May or so. And I hope

You hope he passes.

Well, you see, I brought up my children, I won't say I--we brought up our children the way I was raised. I was raised in a Orthodox family, and somehow even there were times I will say after the war I drifted away from it a little bit, under the circumstances. But we sent them to the yeshiva. Then we send--my daughter was for a year in Israel, in school. And then the following year, it was her idea. I won't take the credit for it. It was her idea to go back to Israel to work in Shaarey Zedek Hospital. 'Cause here she was taking, she was a dietician. So she went there for the summer to work. She tried to help them. And my son--our son [laughs] is--went to the yeshiva too for many years and he's still going there whenever he has a chance. We have religious children, we are proud of them. And uh, I have a religious home, my home is kosher. We were trying to observe whatever we can. Even that it never looks like the home what where I was raised, what I was brought up. But still somehow we need--there is a flame from the old home, from the old country, from my hometown, from my family where I still can see my parents, my whole family how devoted they were to each other and how helpful they were to each other. And that's what we are trying, my husband and I, we are trying in ways to be to our children as much with them or as much help them and as much to care for them like, like our parents did. Maybe because we were so close to our parents and to our family, that's why I'm still searching to find that corner of uh, relationship and of love that I didn't have a chance to have like other children have. Because I was just with my parents 'til 1942. I was still a young girl. And many times I think about it, that uh, maybe my children are more fortunate, thank God, that they have still, that they still have us.

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