For me [the greatest challenge was] to be strong, not to show any fear at all, because I knew that if I show any fear in any area, then we will lose the battle. When I started to demonstrate, one of the KGB agents called my father-in-law and said 'Can you stop your daughter-in-law? Otherwise we will break her legs, and she will be handicapped.' So my father-in-law said, 'I'm not going to stop her, I'll go with her.' ... My son was wearing a kippah on the subway, and he would hear someone behind him say, 'Oh, look, those dirty Jews,' and 'We should kill them all.' He would turn around -- he was a big boy -- and he would say, 'Do you want to fight?' and this was very scary to me...because he didn't completely understand everything. So I tried to keep him safe, to talk to him, to explain to him the situation... This was the biggest challenge, to keep my family safe, and at the same time, to continue to be active. I would probably describe myself as a tank, just going straight, without any sign of [being] scared.
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