Notebook reunites three Holocaust survivors
BY JENNIFER MOONEY PIEDRA
jmooney@MiamiHerald.com
For nearly two decades, Evelyn Elbaum meticulously penned her personal stories about surviving the Holocaust and starting a new life.

Her carefully compiled memoir contains 133 pages of handwritten notes and black-and-white photos.

At 92, the Deerfield Beach woman wanted only to pass her story along to the next generation, a simple but poignant way to preserve the family lore. She never expected it to touch anyone else.

But when the notebook accidentally fell into a neighbor’s hands, it took on a life of its own, sparking tears, laughter and song among Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe who had not seen each other in more than 60 years.

”I just started to cry,” said Pepkale Blitzer, 68, who got the book from her niece, Elbaum’s neighbor.

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