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Taft’s father, Jacob, later lost his job at an Opera company due to Nazi Germany’s anti-Jewish laws, but was able to find work as a door-to-door salesman.

In 1938, Mr. Levinsons was arrested by the Gestapo on a trumped up tax charge–but was later released when his accountant, a member of the Nazi party, backed him up.


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The family escaped Germany and fled to Latvia. They then moved to Paris, but had to leave when the city was taken over by the Nazis. The French resistance helped them to escape to Cuba, and Taft’s family eventually settled in the United States in 1949.

The Jewish lady who started out as a Nazi icon of youthful beauty is now a chemistry professor in New York.

Irony can be a funny thing sometimes, can it not?

Photo Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

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