FINDING REDEMPTION ... Palo Alto resident Judith Rabbie was recognized at the state Assembly's 13th annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Celebration at the invitation of Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, on Monday, April 16. "Judith's survival during the Holocaust and her long and full life are a testament to her strength and spirit," Berman said in a press release. In 1941, Rabbie was born in Budapest, Hungary and three years later was kept out of sight by a non-Jewish family for 10 months before she was reunited with her mother. Her father died en route to a concentration camp. The mother and daughter stayed in Hungary for 12 years before heading to Switzerland, where Rabbie earned a master's degree in chemistry, a field her mother worked in. She then moved to Israel for doctoral studies and met her husband there. In 1981, the couple relocated to Palo Alto, where she worked as a chemist and was a manager at Syntax for 17 years before retirement. "My revenge is that I'm standing here, and I can tell you my story. Hitler didn't do what he wanted to do. I have two children and beautiful grandchildren, and that's my revenge. I'm here," she said in a statement.
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