The White Candle

Angle of candle
Angle of candle

 I will be telling the story of my Great Great Grandmother Mary and her story that still inspires my family to this day. In 1911 Austro-Hungarian, on the border of Germany, a little girl named Mary was born. Even though Mary was born into a poor family, she always had a smile on her face. But later in life in January 1938, twenty-eight-year-old Mary and her family left Austria Hungary. The reason, She and her family were Jewish and they did not feel comfortable living so close to Nazi-controlled Germany. So even though Austria was their home, Mary and her family left and headed for America. Though they may have packed many things, the one thing Mary packed that will never be forgotten in my family is a white candle. So with these things ready, Mary and her family got on a boat and headed for America, Not long after they arrived in America, the Nazis invaded Austro-Hungary and tortured the Jewish community. And even though the move was hard, Mary had her favorite white candle that gave her hope for the future. So even though my family does not have the original white candle most of us keep a white candle in our homes to remind us of our family's sacrifice to escape torture and find a new home. 
-Damian Garcia 

Place(s): United states and Austria
Year: 1938

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Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more