An Uncommon Journey
From Vienna to Shanghai to America
A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II
By Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs
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Our family leaving Vienna. On board SS Conte Biancamano, 1939.
Our family in Shanghai, 1946. Our mother and father, Helen and Moritz with Ilie behind and Deborah in front.
Deborah on the left, with friends Peter, in the middle, and Judy (on the right). Photo was taken in Shanghai by a Japanese photographer who was looking for well-dressed children for a propaganda shot. Deborah was attending a reunion meeting with Judy when they found the original photo hanging on the wall! The girls had stayed in touch for years and Judy actually introduced Deborah to her husband, Ed.
Taken in front of our school in 1949, the day before Ilie left Shanghai. The family didn’t know if they would ever see each other again.
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