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Riva’s Coat

By: Mitzi J. Levin

“Daddy’s little angel. That’s what he called me, and that’s how I felt. I was loved, safe, happy, a little girl full of dreams.”

Riva Hirsch lived a peaceful life with her father, mother, two brothers, and grandmother in Novaseletz, Romania.

“Father was a furrier and had a shop behind our house where he made garments from fur pelts. One of my fondest childhood memories was when he made a white rabbit coat, hat, and muff for me. It was so beautiful, and I loved to twirl around so that the coat’s pompoms and my dark braids would fly in the air.”