Posted February 3, 2010 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized
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It’s amazing to see this photo of Lisa Derman. She was a Holocaust survivor and my Mother taught her to speak English soon after she arrived in America.
Many survivors came to our home in the evenings to learn English. My Mother was a volunteer who also spoke French and, through that language, she was able to teach many immigrants from the WW2 concentration camps their new language.
Lisa Derman and her family were eternally grateful to her and remained friends with my Mother until she died.
I found the photo during one of my many searches of the web for South Shore-related material.
It has a genuine period feeling, with her then-stylish outfit and waiting for the train, as we all did many times.
I’ve significantly edited the original which had many scratches and blemishes.
You can Google Lisa Derman and learn her history as she and her husband Aron became active in support of the Holocaust Museum late in their lives. They even won an Emmy for a documentry they made about thier internment and escape.
I found the below description of the photo in your collection when I Googled her name.
Lisa wearing the first suit she bought in America (Aron recollected that it was taupe). Lisa’s aunt, Faye Abrams, gave her the money to buy this suit. Photograph taken in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, at the Illinois Central station, 75th street (Lisa was either coming or going from downtown).
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