This picture was taken in the
backyard of the 23rd street house behind them
is the foliage of the very sturdy peach tree that
had been growing there for decades. My father was
then in his late 70's, Becky was already quite seriously
ill with the cancer of the stomach that had turned
out to be inoperable. Behind them is Sam Siegelman,
a Holocaust survivor from Poland, and a man of unquenchable
this picture was taken the same
afternoon as theadjoining one, and was posed in
the living room of the 23rd street house. It also
shows the fact that Becky had only a short time
to live but she did outlive the surgeon who
had informed us that her cancer was inoperable.
She managed to endure with characteristic stoicism
the painful last few months.
The occasion of the snapshot is
impossible to determine but the friendly nature
of the occasion is quite easy to spot. From the
left we see Alter Esselin, Howard Weinshel, Sam
Siegelman, Mordechair Melrood, and one unidentified
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