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German Army: Pittsburgh Victims and Community Members

german army: In the summer of 1941, as the German army was approaching, my father gathered family members together and with them, my parents and older brother, who was 3 at the time, escaped to Russia and found themselves in Uzbekistan, according to Toronto Star. My father was immediately torn from his family and taken to a labour camp in Siberia. He witnessed and endured the state-sanctioned racism which Jews faced daily in Eastern Europe. He toiled, as did so many others, in indescribable conditions. Community members hold candles at a vigil for the Pittsburgh victims, in Cambridge, Mass., one of many such ceremonies held around North America. He never had the loving pleasure of seeing and holding his daughter, who was born shortly after he was taken away and who did not survive through infancy. ( As reported in the news.