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The close of World War II brought an end to Hitlers regime, but it did not fully eliminate the chaos and danger European Jews faced. The war had created upheaval everywhere, and Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe in 1945 prolonged the dislocation wrought by the earlier fighting and German occupation. Politically and economically devastated areas remained breeding grounds for anti-Semitism. As they had done under the Nazi regime, many Europeans still held Jews accountable for their problems.
1. Why was Molly Picons mother worried about her daughter going to Poland?
2. Why did Picon and her husband travel to Poland despite their own concerns?
3. What were conditions like in the camps for displaced persons?
4. Why do you think Picon and her husband were so well received?
5. What Jewish values do you see illustrated in Picons efforts as she describes them?
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