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Ours was a fervent love match, made more fervent by the fact that we had to wait in secret for two years until Ben earned enough at his profession to support a family. Here we are then, Ben and I, a Jew and a German-American, married for four years, supremely happy, with a three-year-old son who has his father's quick brown eyes and my yellow hair.We determined that no obstacle should prevent our union, and obstacles there were a-plenty as soon as our families learned our intention.'Child,' entreated my mother, who deep in her heart had always hoped that what she referred to as my superior intelligence, careful upbringing, talents, and attractiveness, would land me a husband well up in the social levels, ‘bethink yourself what this means.

I am an American-born girl, and the first to defend my Americanism in an argument; yet so strong are family ties, and the memory of a happy thirteen-month sojourn in the a few years ago, that I frequently find myself trying to see things from the Nazis' point of view and to had excuses for the things they do—to the dismay of our liberal-minded friends and the hurt confusion of my husband.

He had known other girls and, as I was twenty-five before we married, I had had my share of other men's attention.

He goes to synagogue on Rosh Hashana to please his mother, and during the rest of the year wavers between agnosticism and downright atheism.

All this I pointed out to my mother, adding, 'Ben does not ask me to cook kosher, if that's any comfort to you.

What Ben's mother said to him I can only conjecture, for he has never told me.

'Ben,' she most likely said, 'it grieves my old heart to have you marry a Shiksa rather than one of us.

I have heard the same things from the lips of plenty of one-hundred-per-cent Americans,'Mother,' I said quietly, 'remember the greatest Man who ever lived was a Jew—Jesus.' That held her for a minute.

'Yes,' she murmured, 'it is the great paradox.''And other great Jews,' I added quickly.

Has there ever been a Jew who could approach Beethoven or Raphael?

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