Lawrence woman recalls fleeing Gestapo

PERRY — As an only child, Eva Edmands had everything a child could want. That changed when the German army invaded her Austrian homeland in 1938 and began to persecute those of Jewish descent, which included her family.

“I was in the second grade at the time,” Edmands, of Lawrence, said. “I noticed an immediate change in the attitudes of my classmates. I was spat at and called a dirty Jew. I couldn’t understand why people would start hating a kid.”

Soon, Jewish children were no longer allowed to go to public schools.

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Ronald Charles “Ron” Reed, 73, Oskaloosa, died March 8, 2012, at his home after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

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