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Helga Rome in front of family chicken coop


Helga Rome in front of family chicken coop



"My parents had a chicken farm. I did whatever was necessary -- feed the chickens, clean the coop, vaccinate chickens, grade the eggs on a scale. My father died suddenly, he couldn't get used to the work...He owned a department store in Germany. I was 13 when I came to US. Mother worked in the store. I went to a regular school. Not too many Jewish kids there. We left in 1937. We were excluded couldn't do to much anymore. I couldn't do activities- I couldn't go out during the day. My father had cousins in Norwich who had a department store. We learned some English in Germany. We went to private school in Germany. My mother and grandmother kept the chicken farm until they got their restitution."..Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford..We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions of the original physical version of apply though; if you're unsure please visit the Jewish Women's Archive ( ) website...For obtaining reproductions of images from The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, please visit the JHSGH website ( ) .

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