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Source A - The Czech Girls' Home

"Today is Mother's Day. The girls have been so excited about making presents for their mothers. I felt terribly strange. My parents are in Palestine. I thought that on this special day, I should give a present to the person who I feel is almost like my mother, and that is exactly how I feel about Mrs. Milstein and Tela. For a year and a half, they have looked after me like mothers, why shouldn't I repay them? I want to be like them. I have prepared little presents for them. I had a strange feeling when I saw Mrs. Milstein sitting at the table! I approached her slowly, and finally gave her the present, adding a sweet kiss, and ran away. I saw that she was surprised and pleased. I was a hundred times happier than she was. I went to Tela, trembling all over. I wished her well and began to cry. Suddenly I felt so good. I will never be able to forget Mother's Day in Theresienstadt."
R.S., 13 years old, heim 28
In Their Footsteps - A Visitor's Guide to Terezin, (Heb.), p. 13
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