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Accepted to Princeton: Parental pride – and shame

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It's not easy making life choices that veer from the beaten path.

Amazing that she was willing to emancipate herself to do what she thought was right for her life:

As a very young child, I understood that my parents were different. The memories of Auschwitz for my mother and Bergen-Belsen for my father would haunt them all their lives, and often render me feeling more than one generation removed from them. The explanation of how I would benefit from a Princeton education fell on their deaf ears and paled in comparison to their fear of the horrors that could befall me if, as an unmarried daughter, I lived other than under their roof. They wanted nothing to do with my college application and refused to sign the required financial documentation. For many years, filing my application to Princeton as an emancipated minor made me feel strong and independent.

It couldn't have been an easy decision to make!

No, it was probably one of the hardest decisions she ever made!

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