Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Multiculturalism Profiles: Holocaust Survivor Judy Young Drache

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Multiculturalism Profiles: Holocaust Survivor Judy Young Drache

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Multiculturalism profiles: Holocaust survivor Judy Young Drache

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OTTAWA - Judy Young Drache, 74, thinks it was the hope of finding a hidden gift that led her to open the dresser drawer.

What she found that day, more than six decades ago, was a message from another life.

There was a letter, written by a man she soon realized was her real father, dated June 30, 1944.

That had been her first birthday, and perhaps just a few short days before Jews were deported from his neighbourhood in Budapest, Hungary, and sent to Nazi death camps.

He was one of them. So was her mother.

She, a baby at the time, had been spirited away to live with the cousins she thought, until she found the letter, were her parents.

In the letter, her father expressed his wish that his daughter be raised with the Jewish faith.

That desire, like the true story of her family, was buried with silence.

Sensing her adoptive parents wanted to keep it that way, she told no one about what she had found. …

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