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Grandmother, 2018




Edition of 5 + 2 APs Unframed From "Naturalization" series It is traditional for Jewish families to name a child after a deceased family member. Following this convention my parents named me after my paternal grandfather. I became a living reminder of his life story. Aron Waks was born in Hrubieszów Poland on August 10th 1904. He married Miriam Tenenbaum and they had two children. In 1938 my grandfather left his home for the United States. He left behind his wife and children with the plan for them to join him once he was able to establish their new life and save enough money for the journey. Within less than one year German troops entered Poland. When the Nazi forces arrived in Hrubieszów there was a mass shooting of the Jewish citizens. My grandfather’s family was killed. Within the United States my grandfather was able to find a home in Pittsburgh where he began to work in a fruit and produce store. His brothers had moved to Pittsburgh previously and the family name was changed to Wax as part of their Westernization during immigration. In 1947 he married my grandmother, Dorothy Cohen. In 1948 they had my father and in 1953 had my uncle. My grandfather did not often speak of his life in Poland. It was only after my grandmother passed away in 1968 did he tell my father about his previous family. After his death in 1980 my father found a photograph in my grandfather’s wallet of his first two children in Poland.

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20.00 x 24.00 x 1.00 in | 50.80 x 60.96 x 2.54 cm

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