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BROWSING THROUGH BIRKE'S
 
   
Yiddish newspaper
 
     One of several Yiddish newspapers containing
     articles about Nazis that Nathan stapled to the 
     wall behind the cash register at Birke's.
 
Sala (Sally) Dymantsztajn Birke, thirteen years younger 
than Nathan, brought with her the perseverance and 
commitment a European wife felt toward her husband 
and marriage, no matter what. She brought an ability to 
focus on today, and a knack for making her Lowell 
customers feel special as she had done in the Lodz, 
Poland, clothing store where she worked full time from 
the age of thirteen, after leaving school to help support 
her family.  She brought her own parent's warmth and 
love for their children.  Sally's own memories of the 
Holocaust, including the loss of her entire family, all but 
a few cousins, have remained with her always.  There 
is not a day she does not remember.
 
Fleeing Poland
 
World War II began in September of 1939, when the 
German army invaded the western half of Poland, the 
home of almost two-million Jews.  They were forced 
to move into ghettos surrounded by walls and barbed 
wire.  Conditions were deplorable.  When Germany 
  

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