Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Abraham Mondry - June 15, 22, 29 & July 13, 1992

Traveling II

How did you come to Detroit?

I tell you a story. In 1945, no. In 1964, I sold my, my part of the business. I got tired, I worked too hard. My doctor tell me, you better take a vacation. You're going to wind up with an ulcer. I used to get, get very nervous, here nerve, like couldn't eat. You know, nothing going down, like nerve. He said, "You're ready for an ulcer. Why don't you go? Say, you got a little money, why don't you going away for about three, four months. Go to Europe, go to Italy, go..." And I did. And I come back... I, I couldn't leave. Didn't know what to do. So, he said, "Why don't you come here?"

Were you still married? You were still married to the same wife?


And you had a son.

Yeah, I got a son.

How old is your son?

My son is forty... forty-one years. He calls almost every night.

So, he was born in New York State.

No, he was born in Italy. She went back to Italy to have the kid, baby. Her mother was a, a midwife, you know.

Hm. And then they came back and you lived with them, where, in Walden?

She didn't like it...

So, then you and your family...

She didn't like it here in America. She couldn't get used to it. She was going, she was more in Italy than here. Nine months a year she was in Italy. What happened, she used to go and I used to go for a whole, like Christmas, New Year's, I used to, to fly to Italy. That's my vacation.

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