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Northshore October 2015

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Find Dr. Crowley and the exceptional doctors of North Shore Physicians Group at, or by calling 978-354-2540. We offer online access, extended hours at a convenient location near you. Making your life healthier is our life's work. NorthShorePhysiciansGroup an affiliate of North Shore Medical Center "She's the perfect doctor for me." CrowleyNSMag.qxp_Layout 1 8/11/15 4:09 PM Page 1 92 in-depth FACES I don't know if that was because it was retracing my fa- ther's life." This year, because of the concert, Remis went in search of more information—in Latvia. "I wanted to get pictures and see where they lived," she says. She visited the halls of the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Acad- emy for Music, once the Riga Conservatory, where Sara had studied, as well as the Latvian National Opera, where her father had been a well-known and respected tenor be- fore the Holocaust. She met with people from the Center of Jewish Studies at the University of Latvia and the Jew- ish Foundation of Liepaja, the town where her father was born and raised. Remis says the most remarkable part of her trip was that she felt protected. "I really felt the presence of my father there. I don't know how to explain it," she says. One day, she and one of her daughters, Rebecca, who accompanied her on part of the trip, went to her father's old apartment building and found the front door open. They were able to walk around the building and see the unit that her father had lived in. "I thought, 'Wow, thanks dad,'" she says laughingly. Remis says having finally taken the trip—one she was supposed to have taken with her father before he passed away—was incredibly powerful. "My steps commingled with their footsteps. For example, the day I went to the opera house and then walked to my father's house—he did that every day. I think that's pretty amaz- ing to be able to do that." Another facet of Remis's desire to put on this concert AS A HOLOCAUST EDUCATOR, I NEVER DISCUSS THE SIX MILLION OR THE 11 MILLION BECAUSE IT'S TOO MUCH; YOU CAN'T WRAP YOUR MIND AROUND THAT. IT'S ABOUT ONE PERSON; IF YOU'VE GIVEN THAT PERSON BACK THEIR SOUL AND THEIR LIFE AND WHO THEY WERE, YOU'VE DONE A GOOD JOB." —Deborah Shelkan Remis

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