Hedy Kodish

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Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror

I was born in Aachen, Germany, where I went to grade and high school to age 15. Then due to the Nazi regime, I first moved to Malmedy, Belgium, where my parents and I lived on a dairy farm run by a charming couple, for about six months.

Then we moved to Brussels (Bruxelles) where I attended the 'Athenee Royal d'Ixelles'.

My mother, aunt and I spent the war years in Brussels. After the German invasion, I first worked in a photo portrait studio. Then the Catholic nuns helped us to find a safe place to stay. The Nazis were called 'Le Boches' (the pigs) and had almost nothing but enemies who were part of the underground.

Finally in December, 1949 -- without my father who did not survive the horrible war -- my mother Lucy, brother Paul and I, also all of my mother's brothers and sisters and my cousins set off for the U.S.A. For one year I lived in New York City, then moved to Los Angeles where my brother was established as a journalist. Then in 1967 I moved to Lexington, Massachusetts, and much later to Melrose where I feel very much at home.

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