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On this #InternationalWomensDay, I celebrate my grandmother Hanka Jampoler Yoma. She was truly an inspiration in her quiet, yet exceptional life. She married my grandfather while still in high school in Poland to try to avoid being separated during the war. 1/
She protected my infant father and survived German work camps. With few exceptions, her entire extended family was murdered in the war. Despite all this, she bravely voyaged with my young father to the US to pursue a new life... 2/
...where she taught herself English to add to her repertoire of Polish, German, and Russian. She later remarried with a wonderful Chilean man, my Grandpa Yoma, and moved with him to Puerto Rico. There, she learned Spanish, raised a family, and ran her own small business 3/
I am in awe of the strength that it took for my grandmother to have navigated the world—from Poland, to Germany, to the U.S. She was truly a global citizen and an ambassador for peace in every aspect of her life. 4/
Women all over the world serve as examples to us of strength of humanity, and I am grateful to all of the women in my life who have brought me to this place. #InternationalWomensDay 5/5

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