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    My grandmother's second husband (brief marriage, before I was born) was apparently a communist.

    I was the first Jewish person some Samoans I know ever met. THEY had anti-Semitic, "you killed Jesus" kinds of biases. One day I was hanging out, drinking beer and chatting with one guy. Eventually he got around to a typical Samoan question. "What is your religion?" In Samoa that means "what Christian church do you go to?" When I said "Jewish" he was visibly shocked and speechless for awhile. He was struggling with the image of his biases and the real person he had been having a relaxed chat over beer with. In the end he just said, "I guess I don't really know what that means."

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    by mole333 on Sun May 18, 2014 at 01:04:11 PM PDT

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      the story. When my wife first got here she was in an ESL class and they were discussing religion (mostly south and central america immigrants) finally my wife had to ask them "who is this Jesus?".  Made quite an impression.

      Grandmoms second husband in the US?

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      by ban nock on Sun May 18, 2014 at 01:22:53 PM PDT

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        Yes in the US. My grandmother was born in Latvia but her family fled pogroms when she was around 2 (I think).

        I lived in Japan for a year. It was kind of nice living somewhere where Judeo-Christian-Islam wasn't dominant.

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        by mole333 on Sun May 18, 2014 at 01:31:11 PM PDT

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