We certainly were not observant. We held holidays, but the line was always if someone asked if we were religious, one of my aunts or uncles or somebody would say, 'Yes, we get together for the holidays and eat.' So there was a sense of identity and solidarity but there was no true observant practice.
But I think that particularly my grandmother's ethic and her sense of justice clearly came from her background and I think from the influence of the war and from the sense of both isolation and identity... Her house was sort of the 'underground railroad.' The message that if you were in trouble or if you were hungry or if you were a new immigrant, that there was always room and there was always food. So in that grandmother's house, there was always something cooking. It was not always identifiable, it had been boiled a few times. But the sense was that whether it was a cousin or a stranger, there was always food and there was always a place to sleep.
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