Trying to fill the void

It’s been 60 years since Ilana Raday and her mother fled the Lithuanian city of Kaunas, or Kovne as the Jews called it, just before the German army rolled into town.

She was only a few years old, but her anger over the murder of almost all her relatives by the Nazis and their Lithuanian collaborators – including her beloved grandmother of whom she has faint but fond memories – remains to this day.

“I will never step foot in that country,” Raday said of Germany during a recent interview with The Jerusalem Post at a quaint café in central Tel Aviv.

“Never,” she added for good measure.


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