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Support on her return

Ján’s mother was fairly well received when she returned. She met some Adventists who were very understanding. They gave her a lot of help. Ján speaks about his mother’s first husband, Kawasch, who asked for his wife’s death certificate five years after she died and then remarried. Some locals looked down on her when she returned, because she had a child and had remarried, but on the whole they were fairly tolerant. Irena first stayed with the Adventists, then she managed to get half the house she had lived in before her deportation.

His mother was admired by people for her character.